IEEE MTT-SCV Short Course 2015 - RF, EMI/EMC and Gigabit HSS: Instrumentation, Components and Practice


 Co-sponsored by the IEEE SCV CAS chapter


During this one-day conference, a practical overview of the fundamentals of RF technology such as Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic theory, and S-parameter methods will be presented. Examples and illustrations are designed to convey RF and the closely related EMI/EMC concepts in an understandable format that will appeal to students, engineers entering the industry, as well as experienced practicing engineers wanting to brush-up on the fundamentals.  Time and frequency domain measurement techniques will be presented, and live demonstrations of instrumentation will be given. Key components (amplifier, filter, and mixer) utilized in the RF and EMC world will be discussed, and tied in to the measurements by going down the data sheet specifications for each to show how the measurements are reliably done. The course will also include an expo with local sponsors giving hands-on demonstrations of instruments and components.


Please join the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques and Co-Sponsors the IEEE Circuits and Systems Santa Clara Valley Chapers on Saturday, October 17th, 2015 for this exciting event to be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Registration Cost: Sorry we are at capacity! Registration is closed. Door price will be $30 dollars but there will be an extremely limited number of seats. We cannot guarantee a seat or food for you if you show up at the door!

Vendor participation is considered an integral part of the value provided to registrants of our short course, and we would like to invite your sponsorship and participation. This is a unique opportunity to promote your presence to the Silicon Valley technical community. For this year’s course we are planning for at least 50 engineers. The course uses a one day, single classroom format and will include multiple breaks for meals and vendor interaction. In past years, attendees have been very interested and engaged with vendors and this year we are hoping to expand on this. Please consider joining us as a sponsor for this event. Registration can be completed below (choose the $750 sponsor option). For further details on this opportunity, please contact Orin Laney at 650-996-8423 or

Event Sponsors:

 Marki Microwave:Marki offers the highest performance microwave components in the industry, including broadband mixers, couplers, power dividers, amplifiers, bias tees, and more. By combining 40 years of experience with cutting edge design techniques, Marki consistently breaks performance records, while providing a reliable source of components for laboratory use, test and measurement, and electronic warfare applications.


Computer Simulation Technology CST 3D Electromagnetic Simulation Software: CST offers accurate, efficient computational solutions for electromagnetic design and analysis. Their 3D EM simulation software is user-friendly and enables you to choose the most appropriate method for the design and optimization of devices operating in a wide range of frequencies.




 Keysight Technologies Keysight Technologies:  In high technology, the key to success is delivering what's next. First. Keysight Technologies is a brand new company with over 75 years of electronic test and measurement success under theirr belts. Founded in 1939 by Bill Hewlett and David Packard as HP, their expertise continued as Agilent Technologies' Electronic Measurement Group. Today, Keysight is 100% focused on helping companies tackle the toughest electronic design, test and measurement challenges through a combination of trusted hardware, innovative software and their own global team of industry experts. The result? Insights that lead to innovation.

 National Instruments Microwave Components:  NI designs and manufactures custom integrated microwave assemblies (IMAs). Our engineers employ the most advanced technology available to achieve designs that operate at frequencies up to 67 GHz (bands: L, S, C, X, Ku, K, Ka, Q, U, and V). The NI team has created many IMA designs each capable of a multitude of functions for numerous applications across a diverse range of industries. Our deep commitment to extensive R&D brings emerging break-through technology from concept to utilization and allows our team to eagerly accept design challenges and deliver highly complex IMA solutions.

Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation: BNC manufactures industry-leading lines of precision test, measurement and nuclear instrumentation. Our application engineers are available to discuss your specific needs, either by phone or live-chat. From precision timing to signal analysis to detector systems, we embrace the most demanding needs. A quick phone call to our headquarters will illustrate what has given the BNC brand credibility worldwide.



Huber+Suhner: Your partner for system solutions - HUBER+SUHNER is a leading international manufacturer and supplier of components and systems for electrical and optical connectivity. The innovative Test and Measurement solution supplier. HUBER+SUHNER is offering a broad range of high end RF test components and assemblies developed and optimised for precise and reproducible testing. We stand for exceptional quality, reliability and durability – even under harsh environmental conditions.



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  • Date: 17 Oct 2015
  • Time: 08:00 AM to 06:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-08:00) US/Pacific
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  • 5001 Great America Pkwy
  • Santa Clara, California
  • United States 95054
  • Building: Santa Clara Convention Center
  • Room Number: Great America Rooms 1 and 2

  • Starts 12 June 2015 10:50 AM
  • Ends 16 October 2015 02:00 PM
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Registration and Breakfast (Continental)


Welcome Greeting


Microwave Engineering: What is it, where is it headed, and how it serves the mankind - Professor Madhu Gupta, Distinguished Microwave Lecturer




Core Foundation: S-parameters, Electromagnetic Fields - Orin Laney


Passive Components: Directional Couplers, Signal Dividers, Filters, Circulators, Hybrids - Professor Ramesh Abhari


Lunch and Expo


Active Components and Systems: Mixers, Filters, LNA, PA - Dr. Earl McCune




Test & Measurement: Fundamentals and Equipment Demonstrations - Orin Laney


Active Reception, Q&A, Expo, and Hands-On Equipment Interaction


Madhu S. Gupta: received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is presently both an Adjunct Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at University of California, San Diego and the RF Communications Systems Industry Chair Professor at San Diego State University. Along with his other technical interests, his work concerns noise and fluctuations in devices that are active, nonlinear, very small, or used in high-speed/high-frequency applications. Dr. Gupta is an IEEE Fellow; has served as the Editor of IEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters and IEEE Microwave Magazine and of three IEEE Press books; has been a conference organizer and Chair of Technical program Committee of IMS2010; and has received the 2008 Distinguished Microwave Educator Award from IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society in addition to a number of awards for outstanding teaching. Dr. Gupta served as the President of the IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society in 2013, and is currently a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer. He firmly believes that every technical talk should be entertaining, enlightening, and inspiring.

Earl McCune: received his BS/EECS degree from UC Berkeley, his MSEE (Radioscience) from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. from UC Davis in 1979, 1983, and 1998 respectively. He is a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, founding two successful start-up companies since 1986: Digital RF Solutions (1986-1991, merged with Proxim) and Tropian (1996 - 2006, acquired by Panasonic). He is now retired from his position as a Technology Fellow of Panasonic, and is an author, instructor, and independent consultant. He is currently an instructor for Besser Associates for both Practical Digital Wireless Signals and Frequency Synthesis Principles. He holds 58 issued US patents, and is the author of Practical Digital Wireless Signals (Cambridge 2010). 

In his nearly 40 years of experience in the wireless communications industry he has worked in areas including technology development, circuit design, along with systems architecture and integration. This experience has been gained at NASA, Hewlett Packard, Watkins-Johnson, Cushman Electronics, Digital RF Solutions, Proxim, Tropian, and Panasonic. The start-up Digital RF Solutions pioneered modulated direct digital synthesis (DDS) technology for very high dynamic range transmitters. Tropian developed and implemented envelope tracking and polar modulation techniques for highly efficient, multiband and multi-mode linearized power amplifiers. 

Orin Laney: is an independent consultant in Mountain View, California.  He holds an MSEE from San Jose State University, an MBA from Brigham Young University, iNARTE certification as an EMC Engineer, and is a California licensed PE.  Mr. Laney is a National Speaker for IEEE-USA and has presented at over 100 campuses, has served as an expert witness, and is a published author, seminar instructor, and courseware developer. Over the years he has taught many courses in design for EMC regulatory compliance, design for signal integrity, and the theory and application of TDRs, VNAs, BERTs, etc.

With over 40 years of experience in mixed-signal design, Mr. Laney consults in RF Instrumentation, high-speed circuitry, and design for SI and EMC compliance. Projects include ultrasonic and optical imaging, instrumentation and telemetry, inductor and transformer design, specialty and miniature (endoscopic) video cameras, analog and HD video processing, and power conversion. His designs have been used in many industries, such as medical equipment, Hollywood special effects, and aerospace and defense requirements. Design requirements have ranged from microvolt level, sub-hertz hydrophone instrumentation to hardening against microwave fields in excess of 20kV/m. Many cross-disciplinary projects have involved optics, acoustics, mechanics, and other technologies.

Ramesh Abhari: is a professor at Santa Clara University with research interests in antennas, signal/power integrity, high-speed interconnects, and microwave & mm-wave circuits. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, and served as the chairperson of IEEE Toronto Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT), Antennas and Propagation (AP) and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) joint chapter. She also received certificates of recognition and the IEEE Toronto Centennial Medal for her services as the chapter chair. She is the founder of IEEE Montreal Component Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT).

Dr. Abhari pioneered the application of the electromagnetic bandgap structures in suppression of the power/ground noise and received the student paper award at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium in June 2002 for this work. She has been the recipient of a number of fellowships such as IEEE MTT-S Graduate fellowship in 2000, Ontario Graduate Scholarships for four consecutive years and University of Toronto V.L. Henderson fellowship. Her students have received paper awards at International Symposium on Antenna Tech. and Applied Electromagnetics (Antem) 2006 and IEEE Electrical Performance and Electronic Packaging (EPEP) 2007 Conferences.

Dr. Abhari is a senior IEEE member and  a reviewer for IEEE conferences and Transactions papers such as Trans. on Advanced Packaging, Trans. on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Trans. on Antennas and Propagation, IEE Proceedings on Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation, and Canadian Granting agencies. She is also a member of the technical committee of IEEE Workshop on Signal Propagation on Interconnects and IEEE EMC TC-10 Signal Integrity Committee.