5G: Expectations and the Road Ahead

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at 6:30 PM

TI Auditorium


6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
7:00 - 8:00 PM Talks
8:00 - 8:30 PM Panel Session
8:30 - 8:45 PM Speaker Appreciation & Adjournment

Chair: Mehran Nekuii
Organizer: Mehran Nekuii

Speaker: Francis Chow, VP & GM, Communications Business Unit, Altera

Bio: Francis Chow is the Vice President and General Manager of the Communications Business Unit at Altera, responsible for the wireline and wireless business. He has been at Altera for 10 years, and has previously held leadership roles in field applications engineering, business management and corporate development. Prior to Altera, Francis managed a chip design team at Texas Instruments focusing on DSL and VoIP chips. He has published and presented a number of papers in key conferences, such as IEEE ISSCC and IEEE GLOBECOM, and has a number of ITU standard contributions for DSL. He has 6 issued US patents. Francis holds an MBA and an MSEE from University of California at Berkeley, and a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Title: The Journey to 5G

Abstract: We are currently in a transformational time for cellular connectivity, and the future of ubiquitous wireless is emerging. Worldwide successes in 2G and 3G have driven cell phone use to an incredible 6.8 billion mobile devices. This makes mobile devices almost as numerous as the worlds population. As we look to the next decade, wireless infrastructure will become even more pervasive and even more integrated with every aspect of our everyday lives.
As we move to 5G, it is very likely that there will be changes in deployment models, integration of multiple standards and usage scenarios. The deployment models have emerged with small cells and heterogeneous networks, but will be dramatically accelerated by new, virtualized deployment models. The path to full 5G feature set network is likely to generate a lot of optimized derivative LTE versions for various vertical markets, like LTE-A (Advanced), LTE-V (Vehicle), LTE-M (Machine), and LTE-U (Unlicensed). The enhancement of the existing LTE products to support LTE-x would highlight the flexibility and re-programmability requirement of the future LTE equipment.

Speaker: Joe Madden, Principal Analyst, Mobile Experts LLC

Bio: Joe Madden is Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts LLC. Mr. Madden provides market forecasts for small cell, DAS, and base station markets, with in-depth research down to the nitty gritty details of frequency bands and power levels.
Mr. Madden graduated, cum laude, from UCLA in 1989 and is a Silicon Valley veteran. He has survived IPOs, LBOs, divestitures, acquistions, and mergers during his 24 years in mobile communications. During the 1990s and 2000s he managed business units for Superconductor Technologies and Spectrian Corporation, supplying RF hardware for mobile base stations. He founded Mobile Experts in 2002, and his research on LTE base stations and small cells is now used by more than 120 companies, as well as the Small Cell Forum and other organizations for planning the future of the mobile market.

Title: Re-use of the LTE Network in 5G: The Economic Case

Abstract: The current definition of 5G is cloudy, with a wide variety of applications listed as possible 5G candidates. Mobile Experts has analyzed the business case of several 5G concepts to determine which directions are profitable for new mobile development. Three key areas stand out: Ultra-broadband communications at 10Gbps, Critical Machine-Type Communications (MTC), and Massive MTC. In each case, cost pressures dictate that existing 4G assets should be re-used, with various upgrades to software or radio hardware. This presentation illustrates how 5G upgrades will make use of the existing LTE infrastructure for the most cost-effective deployment.