Co-sponsored: Massive MIMO Active Antenna Arrays for Advanced Wireless Communications

Thursday, August 9th, 2018 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

QualComm Santa Clara, Building B 3165 Kifer Road Santa Clara, CA 95051


6:00 - 6:30 PM Networking & Refreshments
6:30 - 7:30 PM Talks
7:30 - 8:00 PM Q&A
8:00PM Speaker Appreciation & Adjournment

Organizer: IEEE CASS & SSCS

Session Abstract:Recently, many experts in academia and industry have been strongly advocating the concept of Massive MIMO for application in 4G and 5G systems. While the push for larger base station antenna aperture is probably the right idea for many systems, there are important subtleties in the Massive MIMO concept, which make its practical application far from straightforward. These include HW complexity, channel estimation challenges, signal coherency issues, radio chain to antenna mapping, and multi-band designs. This talk will discuss the main types of Massive MIMO systems pointing out their benefits and limitations for various RAN systems and frequency bands. This talk will also present field trial results for Blue Danube Massive MIMO products operating in mid-band spectrum.

Speaker: Dr. Mihai Banu, CTO, Blue Danube Systems, Santa Clara CA

Bio: Dr. Banu has over 30 years experience in circuits and systems R&D, with emphasis on analog, radio frequency and mixed-signal integrated circuits.

His experience encompasses many areas from invention and demonstration of new circuits and system concepts, to design methodologies and product development.

Dr. Banu is Founder of Blue Danube Systems, which received Series A venture capital funding and started operations in 2013. He developed the Blue Danube Systems technology concepts at MHI Consulting, a small consulting firm founded and owned by Dr. Banu since 2006. Prior to that, he was R&D director at Agere Systems, working on analog circuits, RF systems for wireless LANs and wireless circuits research.

From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Banu was Head of the Communications Circuits Research department at Lucent Technologies, where he was responsible for advanced work in circuit design and Si technology process-device enhancements including SiGe BiCMOS. From 1980 to 1995, he was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories in the Communications Sciences Division, the Physical Sciences Division and the VLSI Research Department.

Dr. Banu is author of more than 30 technical papers, several book chapters and many U.S. and international patents. As a recognized IC design expert, he was invited to contribute in many panels and workshops at major international conferences, as well as teach short courses.

He received his bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University and he is an IEEE Fellow.

Title: Massive MIMO Active Antenna Arrays for Advanced Wireless Communications