Imec at IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC), January 10-13, Las Vegas (USA)

On Saturday, 11 January 2020 (8.15-9.30am), Michael Peeters, Program director Connectivity at imec, will give a keynote presentation at CCNC. Michael will talk about Consumer communications beyond broadband.

Michael Peeters, program director connectivity at imec, is available for interviews from Thursday, Jan 9, 4pm until Sunday Jan 12, 6pm. Please contact us, so we can arrange a slot.

More users, more bandwidth, more of the same…: the global mobile communications sector often seems to have only one need, the need for speed. Ever higher speeds and capacity to offer us more entertainment, gaming and other forms of mobile broadband. Nonetheless, ensuring reliable and low-latency communication for next-generation wireless networks and non-consumer applications are currently receiving tremendous attention. Capacity as a KPI is being complemented by reliability and latency as use-cases branch out beyond the traditional human-centric communications and entertainment into e.g. industrial automation, AR/VR and autonomous vehicles; all supported by so-called edge communications.

As the economic importance of these novel use-cases grow, what does this mean for the evolution of consumer communications? Today, the market is driven by the volume which in turn drives the possibility of f

Further CMOS scaling for the digital processing of information. Unfortunately, not only the individual endpoint throughputs are increasing, not only the amount of endpoints and their capabilities is skyrocketing, but the nature of the endpoints is changing. Will this mean the end of consumer requirements as the main driver for innovation?

We will focus not only on beyond-broadband applications but also on the state of the art challenges we have today in communications hardware for next-generation networks, the perfect storm at the interface of the analog and digital world, where traditional scaling does not necessarily buy you performance; physical dimensions are dictated not by atom sizes but by quarter-wavelengths of one kind or another; and speeds seem to all be converging at a point where switching frequencies venture far into the super-100GHz territory.

Imec spokesperson for media interviews at CCNC

Michael Peeters, program director connectivity at imec, is available for interviews from Thursday, Jan 9, 4pm until Sunday Jan 12, 6pm.

Michael is a passionate leader with a background in both research and strategy. Michael has been identifying and implementing state-of-the art technology opportunities in telecommunications through a career that spans two decades.

Both as Head of the Nokia Incubator and the Innovation Portfolio at Nokia, as well as CTO for the Wireless Division at Alcatel-Lucent, his role required him to make sense out of the uncertainty that exists when technological possibilities have to be balanced with business case realities. His team’s responsibility: to see beyond the business analysis and help customers envision how emerging technologies and trends, such as 5G and AI, will impact their networks and end-user community.

Prior to his role as CTO for the Wireless Division, he was CTO for the Wireline Division. The team looked beyond the product roadmap and identified what new trends, technologies and tools were on the horizon and determined how those future opportunities fit into the Alcatel-Lucent pipeline. It was also during this period that the business commercialized VDSL2 Vectoring, an idea conceived 7 years earlier while leading the Bell Labs Access Nodes and DSL Technology department.

He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, many white papers and holds patents in the access and photonics domains. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Photonics from Vrije Universiteit Brussel as well as a master’s degree in Electrotechnical Engineering.

Is 5G for everyone?

5G contains three main axes of innovation. The first is focused on enhancing mobile broadband; as such, it will (eventually) be for everyone, but it is clear that 4G still has a lot of wind left in its sails, and so we can expect 5G for mobile broadband (so-called eMBB) to be deployed first in mega-cities and high density applications (such as the Summer Olympics in Tokyo). The second axis focuses on wide-area low-power sensing and monitoring (so-called mMTC, massive machine type communication). The beneficiaries of this will be mostly logistics, asset tracking solutions, smart cities and smart agriculture. The initial deployments of these in 4G (with NB-IoT) are promising, but the gains will be mostly in efficiency in industry and less visible to the consumers. The third axis is low latency and reliability. It is squarely aimed at making industrial plants more efficient in automation and more flexible. Regions with high densities of manufacturing industry like Germany will benefit first.

On the broadband axis, imec is world leading in designing low power mmWave transceivers and high bandwidth data converters for mobile applications. These will be key for next-generation mobile devices that need a decent battery life even at higher speeds. On the massive machine communication axis, we are already today rolling out sensing and localization solutions, for examle in the city of Antwerp (Belgium), where the data (on noise, traffic, air quality) coming from that network is being used to build a digital twin of the city, allowing administrations to make better decisions when it comes to the sustainability of their city. On the reliability axis, we are building artificial intelligence algorithms that automatically optimize the network even in very challenging environments, and were one of the top 10 finalists in the DARPA competition focusing on this topic.

Imec at CCNC

On Friday January 10, 2020, imec will send out a press release announcing results on scalable GaN-on-Si and III-V on Si devices targeting beyond 5G RF Front-End Modules.

On Saturday, 11 January 2020 (8.15-9.30am), Michael Peeters, Program director Connectivity at imec, will give a keynote presentation at CCNC. Michael will talk about Consumer communications beyond broadband.

More users, more bandwidth, more of the same…: the global mobile communications sector often seems to have only one need, the need for speed. Ever higher speeds and capacity to offer us more entertainment, gaming and other forms of mobile broadband. Nonetheless, ensuring reliable and low-latency communication for next-generation wireless networks and non-consumer applications are currently receiving tremendous attention. Capacity as a KPI is being complemented by reliability and latency as use-cases branch out beyond the traditional human-centric communications and entertainment into e.g. industrial automation, AR/VR and autonomous vehicles; all supported by so-called edge communications.

As the economic importance of these novel use-cases grow, what does this mean for the evolution of consumer communications? Today, the market is driven by the volume which in turn drives the possibility of further CMOS scaling for the digital processing of information. Unfortunately, not only the individual endpoint throughputs are increasing, not only the amount of endpoints and their capabilities is skyrocketing, but the nature of the endpoints is changing. Will this mean the end of consumer requirements as the main driver for innovation?

We will focus not only on beyond-broadband applications but also on the state of the art challenges we have today in communications hardware for next-generation networks, the perfect storm at the interface of the analog and digital world, where traditional scaling does not necessarily buy you performance; physical dimensions are dictated not by atom sizes but by quarter-wavelengths of one kind or another; and speeds seem to all be converging at a point where switching frequencies venture far into the super-100GHz territory.

Imec spokesperson for media interviews at CCNC

Michael Peeters, program director connectivity at imec, is available for interviews from Thursday, Jan 9, 4pm until Sunday Jan 12, 6pm.

Michael is a passionate leader with a background in both research and strategy. Michael has been identifying and implementing state-of-the art technology opportunities in telecommunications through a career that spans two decades.

Both as Head of the Nokia Incubator and the Innovation Portfolio at Nokia, as well as CTO for the Wireless Division at Alcatel-Lucent, his role required him to make sense out of the uncertainty that exists when technological possibilities have to be balanced with business case realities. His team’s responsibility: to see beyond the business analysis and help customers envision how emerging technologies and trends, such as 5G and AI, will impact their networks and end-user community.

Prior to his role as CTO for the Wireless Division, he was CTO for the Wireline Division. The team looked beyond the product roadmap and identified what new trends, technologies and tools were on the horizon and determined how those future opportunities fit into the Alcatel-Lucent pipeline. It was also during this period that the business commercialized VDSL2 Vectoring, an idea conceived 7 years earlier while leading the Bell Labs Access Nodes and DSL Technology department.

He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, many white papers and holds patents in the access and photonics domains. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Photonics from Vrije Universiteit Brussel as well as a master’s degree in Electrotechnical Engineering.

Source: http://www2.imec.be/

Citations

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    imec Inc.. (2019, December 18). Imec at IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC), January 10-13, Las Vegas (USA). AZoOptics. Retrieved on July 08, 2020 from https://www.azooptics.com/News.aspx?newsID=24710.

  • MLA

    imec Inc.. "Imec at IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC), January 10-13, Las Vegas (USA)". AZoOptics. 08 July 2020. <https://www.azooptics.com/News.aspx?newsID=24710>.

  • Chicago

    imec Inc.. "Imec at IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC), January 10-13, Las Vegas (USA)". AZoOptics. https://www.azooptics.com/News.aspx?newsID=24710. (accessed July 08, 2020).

  • Harvard

    imec Inc.. 2019. Imec at IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC), January 10-13, Las Vegas (USA). AZoOptics, viewed 08 July 2020, https://www.azooptics.com/News.aspx?newsID=24710.

Tell Us What You Think

Do you have a review, update or anything you would like to add to this news story?

Leave your feedback
Submit