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ELLIIT Distinguished Lecture: Millimeter-wave high-datarate wireless communication using beamforming by Prof. Piet Wambacq

Published: 2018-11-30

Title: Millimeter-wave high-datarate wireless communication using beamforming

Speaker:  Prof. Piet Wambacq

Place: E-building, Ole Römers väg 3,  E:2311, LTH, Lund University

When: December 13th, 2018, 14.15

Millimeter-wave high-datarate wireless communication using beamforming (Piet Wambacq)
In the past ten years, the speed increase of CMOS thanks to the downscaling in the past ten years, together with the allocation of unlicensed spectrum around 60 GHz, has given rise to much research worldwide on mm-wave IC design in CMOS. The frequency band between 57 GHz and 66 GHz is intended for high datarate wireless communication using RF bandwidths of more than 1 GHz. The commercial deployment of mm-wave ICs takes more time than expected, partially due to the design challenges caused by the high operating frequency, which is more than ten times higher than the commercial ICs for the most widely used wireless communication standards, which operate below 6 GHz. To relax the high path loss at mm-wave frequencies in the link budget of wireless transceivers, these transceivers contain, next to the classical functionality of radios, beamforming functionality. This talk will explain the basics of beamforming together with several implementations of the beamforming control in the analog part of the transceivers. Further, most important bottlenecks of mm-wave radio architectures such as phase noise and power efficiency are addressed and several solutions are discussed. 
About the speaker:
Piet Wambacq  received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and Ph.D. degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, in 1986 and 1996, respectively. He joined IMEC, Leuven, Belgium in  1996 as a Principal Scientist and he is now a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, working on IC design in various technologies for wireless applications. Since 2000 he is a Professor with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium. He has authored or co-authored three books and more than 250 papers in edited books, international journals and conferences. He has been an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems - Part 1 from 2002 to 2004. He was the co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the Design, Automation and Test Conference (DATE) in 2002 and 2005, the EOS/ESD Symposium in 2004 and the Jan Van Vessem Award" for "Outstanding European Paper" at ISSCC 2015. He was a member of the program committee of the DATE conference from 2000 to 2007. He currently chairs the RF subcommittee of ISSCC and of ESSCIRC. He is a senior member of IEEE and Distinguished Lecturer of The Solid-State Circuits Society of IEEE.

When: 2018-12-13 14:15 to 2018-12-13 14:15
Location: E-building, Ole Römers väg 3,  E:2311, LTH, Lund University


PhD dissertation by Therese Forsberg: Efficient mm-Wave Transmitter Design in CMOS Technology

Published: 2018-10-30

Author: Therese Forsberg

Thesis title: Efficient mm-Wave Transmitter Design in CMOS Technology.

Main supervisor: Markus Törmänen

Faculty opponent: Piet Wambacq from IMEC

When: 13 December at 9:15

Loaction: Lecture hall E:1406, building E, Ole Römers väg 3, Lund

Thesis for download

Thesis abstract:
An increasing demand of higher data rates in wireless communication forces the industry to look to higher frequencies to find the required bandwidths. This thesis is about analog transmitters in CMOS for millimeter-wave communication, and it focuses on improving power amplifiers and frequency generation circuits, and increase their efficiency. This thesis starts with an introduction to millimeter-wave transmitters in CMOS, standards and beamforming. It then continues with a brief introduction to millimeter-wave power amplifier design and design of local oscillators at millimeter-wave frequencies. The last part of the thesis consist of six papers, which present eleven manufactured and measured millimeter-wave circuit designs. Paper I presents a two-stage, 65-nm CMOS, Class-A PA for the 60-GHz band. It employs capacitive cross-coupling neutralization for higher differential isolation and gain, without the need to increase the power consumption. It achieves 18.5 % peak-added-efficiency. Paper II presents a varactorless VCO in 65 nm CMOS, operating in the 60-GHz band. In paper III, the efficiency of the popular source-node filtering technique for improved phase-noise performance is investigated through measurements of two same-chip 60-GHz VCOs in FD-SOI CMOS. The filtered VCO achieves a state-of-the-art figure-of-merit of -187.3 dBc/Hz. Paper IV presents two FD-SOI CMOS VCOs for the 30-GHz and the 60-GHz band, that achieve ultra-low power consumption, also at full supply voltage. In paper V, a phase-locked loop in 28-nm FD-SOI CMOS for 5G transceiver systems is proposed. Its VCO operates at around 55 GHz. The paper describes the disadvantages of using a too high input reference frequency, but also proposes a new architecture that handles the increased settling time by mode-switching. It also includes a novel charge-pump current-mismatch mitigation technique based on feedback, and a novel wideband and low-power injection-locked divide-by-three circuit. The phase-locked loop consumes only 10 mW of power, has an integrated jitter of 176 fs, and demonstrates a state-of-the-art figure-of-merit of -245 dB. Paper VI describes a wideband injection-locked divide-by-two circuit in 28-nm FD-SOI CMOS. It achieves a locking range of 30 % at the low power consumption of 4.3 mW.

Thesis for download

When: 2018-12-13 09:15 to 2018-12-13 09:15
Location:  Lecture hall E:1406, building E, Ole Römers väg 3, Lund


Seminar: Adaptive and reconfigurable antennas for mobile communications (Prof. Ville Viikari)

Published: 2018-09-20

Preseated by: Associate Professor Ville Viikari from Aalto Universit, and opponent at Alexander Bondarik's defence

Topic: Adaptive and reconfigurable antennas for mobile communications

Time: Fri Oct 5 at 14.15

Place: E:2311

When: 2018-10-05 14:15 to 2018-10-05 14:15
Location: E-huset, Ole Römers väg 3. Start in EIT Lunch-room (E:2311) 


PhD Dissertation: Microstrip Antennas for 60 GHz Band Application

Published: 2018-05-31

Author: Alexander Bondarik

Opponent: Ville Viikari, Associate Professor at Aalto University, Finland

When: 5 October at 10.15

Loaction: Lecture hall E:1406, building E, Ole Römers väg 3, Lund University, Faculty of Engineering LTH, Lund

Thesis abstract:  The next generation of mobile networks will exploit frequencies above 5 GHz and will use a wide available bandwidth for high speed data communication. At the time of writing this thesis work is ongoing to launch into the market a communication system operating between 25 GHz and 30 GHz. Following news about 40 GHz spectrum acquisition by telecommunication companies, it will be the next in turn. At the same time there is a continued interest on frequencies around 60 GHz, with potential applications not limited by mobile networks. The main reason for this development is that there is about 7 GHz of available unlicensed bandwidth around the world due to the electromagnetic waves absorption peak in the atmosphere.

This dissertation is devoted to microstrip antenna design at 60 GHz band. The main challenge addressed in the thesis is a wideband antenna design with high directivity and efficiency to overcome the free space propagation loss and atmosphere attenuation. In  ddition, the presented antennas are suitable for a reliable fabrication and have small thickness, which might be critical for the antenna integration. A single antenna and an array antenna are designed and manufactured. A wideband high gain antenna and an array design on a ceramic substrate, which is suitable for multilayer fabrication and system integration is presented in Paper I. A novel gridded parasitic patch microstrip antenna design and fabrication on a polytetrauoroethylene substrate is presented in Paper II. A comparison with similar conventional antenna designs is provided showing better characteristics for the designed antenna. During the antenna measurements the effect of surface waves propagation was identified. To suppress this unwanted radiation an electromagnetic band-gap structure around the antenna is designed and manufactured, the results are presented in Paper III. Two array antenna configurations for the gridded parasitic patch antenna are presented in Paper IV.

The second topic of the dissertation is an investigation of reconfigurability of a gridded parasitic patch antenna pattern. The principles using switches and varactors implementation are discussed in Paper II. The results of the proof-of concept fabrication using narrow  etal strips imitating switch connection are presented in Paper V. An implementation using Schottky diodes as switches is presented in Section 5 of the introduction part of the thesis.

The third topic of the dissertation is an antenna integration with a power amplier using bond wires. In Section 6 of the introduction part a planar antenna array integration with the injection locked power amplifier is presented. In Paper VI the same antenna is integrated with a two-stage power amplifier. Simulated and measured results are presented.

When: 2018-10-05 10:15 to 2018-10-05 10:15
Location: Lecture hall E:1406, building E, Ole Römers väg 3, Lund University, Faculty of Engineering LTH, Lund


AIML workshop: Academy-Society Collaboration

Published: 2018-07-30

Workshop on academy-society collaboration on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Programme overview

9.30 Coffee and mingle

10.15-12.00 Mornings session

12:00-13:15 Lunch sandwich in the foyer 

12.30 Mingle, exhibition, posters, workshops, demos etc.

14.15 Wrap-up in plenum

14.50 Upcoming events

15.00 and onwards Coffee and continued discussions in the foyer

Programme web page:


When: 2018-09-26 09:30 to 2018-09-26 15:00
Location: MA:6, Matteannexet, Sölvegatan 20, Lund


IoT with a soft touch

Published: 2018-09-06

We invite you to get inspired and share ideas on the soft touch of IoT. This technology can be easily designed to fit in many applications serving our society and a sustainable future.

The program will include:

  • Topical talks on technologies and applications
  • Fika blended with real-life (inter)net-of-people-and-things
  • Interactive panel discussion and wrap-up

The event is supported by the equal opportunities program and Lise Meitner professorship of Lund University. We are looking forward to welcoming diverse participants.

Registration is required (free of charge).

The IoT with a Soft Touch Workshop is organised in connection with the Lund Circuit Design Workshop 2018 and we encourage participants to attend both workshops.

Call for posters

PhD students attending the workshop are invited to present posters describing their researh. For poster submission, see the workshop website.


  • Vanja Pilcanic Samuelsson, Founder, QOITECH
  • Anders Trana, Project Leader for Smart Open Environments, Lund Open City Sensor Network
  • Linh Trang, Master Research Engineer in Network Technology & System Architecture, Sony Mobile
  • Georgina Wilcox, Traffic-Team Site Reliability Engineer, Google

Organising Committee

  • Liestbet van der Perre, KU Leuven/Lund University
  • Emma Fitzgerald, Lund Unviersity
  • Ove Edfors, Lund University,
  • Sara Gunnarsson, Lund University


  • liesbet [dot] vanderperre [at] kuleuven [dot] be
  • emma [dot] fitzgerald [at] eit [dot] lth [dot] se

When: 2018-09-25 13:15 to 2018-09-25 17:00
Location: Lund, Biskopshuset


Lund Circuit Design Workshop 2018

Published: 2018-08-14

Welcome to the 2018 Lund Circuit Design Workshop

The workshop will offer an overview of research activities in IC design at Lund University. Additionally, invited presentations on related subjects will be given by outstanding experts from both academia and industry.

The workshop is hosted by the Lund University xcellence Center in System Design on Silicon (SoS).

Cost: Free of charge!

More information:

Registration: Please register no later than 7 September, 2018 at:




When: 2018-09-24 09:30 to 2018-09-25 15:00
Location: Grand Hotell, Lund


Radio Based Positioning - Digit@LTH seminar by Prof. Fredrik Tufvesson

Published: 2018-08-14

Karta: Ole Römers Väg 3 in Lund, E:2358Speaker:  Fredrik Tufvesson, Prof in Radio Systems

Topic: On Radiobased Positioning

When: 20 September at 9.00-10.00

Where: Lund university, E-huset, Ole Römers väg 3. Start in EIT Lunch-room (E:2328) 

Positioning and localization are becoming more and more important in our everyday life. GPS and other satellite-based solutions provide possibilities to locate ourselves and GPS enabled devices, but there is a need for higher accuracy, low cost solutions and more robust performance in challenging scenarios such as indoors and in street canyons where the satellites are shadowed by the buildings. In this talk, we discuss the fundamentals of radio based positioning and how we can use cellular signals to perform positioning and localization in a new way with improved performance. We discuss current trends in 5G and how they will influence positioning and localization possibilities. Finally, we also discuss how machine learning can be used to learn the details of the radio environment to complement camera or Lidar based positioning.

Fredrik Tufvesson received his Ph.D. in 2000 from Lund University in Sweden. After two years at a startup company, he joined the department of Electrical and Information Technology at Lund University, where he is now professor of radio systems. His main research interest is the interplay between the radio channel and the rest of the communication system with various applications in 5G systems such as massive MIMO, mm wave communication, vehicular communication and radio based positioning.

Fredrik has authored around 80 journal papers and 140 conference papers, he is fellow of the IEEE and recently he got the Neal Shepherd Memorial Award for the best propagation paper in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and the IEEE Communications Society best tutorial paper award.

Registration closed...



When: 2018-09-20 09:00 to 2018-09-20 10:00
Location: E-huset, Ole Römers väg 3. Start in EIT Lunch-room (E:2328) 


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