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WAMICON Hits the 20-Year Mark

WAMICON Hits the 20-Year Mark

At this year’s WAMICON conference, scheduled for April 8-9 in Cocoa Beach, Fla., the theme will be simulation-driven design.

It’s no secret that the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is this industry’s most significant event each year. But that doesn’t mean you should overlook the other smaller conferences dotting the schedule throughout 2019. One industry event that may not pack the same punch as IMS, but is still noteworthy in its own right, is the annual IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference (WAMICON). This year’s installment, which marks WAMICON’s 20th anniversary, is set to take place April 8-9 in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

WAMICON has come a long way—it started as a one-day forum, but is now a multi-day international IEEE conference. For WAMICON 2019, the theme is “Simulation Driven Design of Emerging Wireless, Microwave, and mm-Wave Circuits and Systems.”

As the theme indicates, simulation software will take the spotlight at this year’s conference. Not only will tutorials be given by representatives from various simulation software companies, but a panel session will dive into emerging simulation technologies. Anyone interested in the latest developments creating a buzz within the simulation software arena may want to take note.

Of course, you can’t talk about a conference without mentioning the keynote. WAMICON 2019’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Weigel, professor at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. His presentation is titled, "Design and Simulation of Advanced Packaging Platforms for High Volume RF System Applications.”

In addition, Todd Cutler, vice president and general manager of design and test software organization at Keysight Technologies, will serve as the plenary speaker. The title of his presentation is “The Future of High-Frequency Test and Measurement.” I had previously written about Cutler’s keynote at EDI CON 2016—“High-Frequency, High-Speed Design Revolution Ahead: Why Your Design and Test Flow Will Soon Be Obsolete.” It could be quite intriguing to hear his take on how the industry has evolved since then. 

In addition to the various presentations and tutorials, several companies will be exhibiting at WAMICON 2019. They include Keysight, WolfspeedModelithicsCopper Mountain Technologies, and several others.

Lastly, one of the nice things about WAMICON is simply the location. It takes place at the Hilton Cocoa Beach oceanfront hotel, which is certainly a nice place to have a conference! If you haven’t already, you may want to pencil in WAMICON 2019 on your calendar.

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