Co-sponsored Event: Blending Radio and Power Management Technologies for Greatly Improved Performance

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 at 6:30 PM

TI Auditorium


6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
7:00 - 8:00 PM Talks
8:00 - 8:15 PM Q&A Session
8:30 PM Adjournment


Chair: Brian Zahnstecher
Organizer: IEEE PELS SCV, Comsoc SCV & MTT SCV

Session Abstract:Switching amperes of current in fractions of a nanosecond is regular practice in modern switch-based radio transmitter design. Switching power supplies presently achieve efficiencies that radio transmitter designers cannot even imagine. Mixing these technology bases leads to some interesting new potential product features, including nanosecond speed DC-DC output transitions without overshoot for 10's of amperes, LED drivers with no flicker, dimming control exceeding 30,000:1 and 98% control efficiency, and elimination of bridge rectifier losses for AC-DC converters to name a few. This talk explores this combined technological territory.

Speaker: Earl McCune, Ph.D.

Bio: Earl McCune is a Fellow of the IEEE, CTO of Eridan Communications, Professor of Sustainable Wireless Systems at Delft Technical University (Netherlands), and the Principal Engineer at RF Communications Consulting. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and UC Davis for his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering. He is a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and has focused much of the past 25 years in getting around the energy efficiency vs. circuit linearity tradeoff that beguiles the radio communications industry.

Earl is a named inventor on 91 US patents and many more internationally. He is sole author of two books (both invited) through Cambridge University Press, and is author of many other academic and industrial publications. He is an emeritus Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), and serves on both the IEEE Green-ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) Initiative and the IEEE 5G and Beyond Initiative. He is the Chair of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association) Energy Efficient Communication Hardware Working Group.

Title: Blending Radio and Power Management Technologies for Greatly Improved Performance