RF-IC Challenges for the Next Generation of CDMA Mobile Phones

IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society

Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter

Featuring Charles J. Persico
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Qualcomm Inc.

McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium, University of California, Irvine
Refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m.
There are several challenges (and opportunities) in the future for integration, performance and cost for RFIC design in mobile handsets.  The current level of integration relies on a total system solution to deliver cost effective and highly integrated chipset. The market needs on low end are for low cost to support emerging markets. On the mid and high end needs focus on size (sleek, stylish phones) and performance (data rates, battery life, roaming). In addition, handset manufacturers NRE and time to market pressures need to be addressed.
These market forces will require innovation in:
-     passive component elimination (e.g., SAW filters)
-     power reduction
-     multimode-multiband, configurable radio's
-     concurrent operation with other wireless peripherals
-     mobile handset receive and transmit diversity

About the Speaker:

Charles J. Persico (S'85-M'91) Charles Persico was born in 1960 in Schenectady, NY.  He received his B.S. from UnionCollege in Electrical Engineering in 1985, and an M.S. from SyracuseUniversity in Electrical Engineering in 1987.  In 1985, he joined GE Avionics systems working on advanced radar systems. He has also worked at Honeywell Space Systems on various satellite electronic systems.  In 199,1 he joined Philips Semiconductor and was involved in RFIC design for various cellular standards.  Currently, Mr. Persico is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Inc. responsible for RF, analog and mixed signal IC design/ product/test engineering. He has been with Qualcomm since 1995.  His interests include RF systems and RF/analog IC design as applied to cellular and digital broadcast standards.

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