Ian Rippke

Design Challenges of mmWave Beamforming Systems for 5G and 6G Communications

Abstract: The use of millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequency for 5G and 6G communication systems is a common topic in the research community, but mmWave does have its challenges. Beamforming techniques are beneficial, but controlling and optimizing beams is difficult. Analyzing them is even more so. This presentation will demonstrate a model-based phased array system design and simulation to characterize a beam pattern. It will analyze spherical coverage using an unprecedented three-dimensional composite radiation pattern display technique.

Overview of learnings:

  • Learn how a 5G / 6G system architect should think about simulation.
  • Understand the techniques of beam control, characterization, and visualization.
  • See a real-world example of a mmWave beamforming system modeling and simulation.

Dr. Rippke has over 15 years of experience working in the simulation and design of high frequency integrated circuits, including several technical publications and patents. In his current role he is the product manager of the System Simulation segment which includes Keysight’s SystemVue software platform. Previously, Dr. Rippke was an Applications Engineering District Manager and Senior Applications Engineer with Keysight. He holds a BSEE from Lafayette College and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

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