[EECS] The Journey to 5G and Tidbits from MWC 2015

Francis Chow, Vice President and General Manager of the Communications Business Unit at Altera. 
April 7, 2015 (Tue.) 7:00 - 8:30 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)
ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA 95134. (Free Parking)
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We are currently in a transformational time for cellular connectivity, 
and the future of ubiquitous wireless is emerging. Worldwide successes 
in 2G and 3G have driven cell phone use to an incredible 6.8 billion mobile 
devices. This makes mobile devices almost as numerous as the world’s population. 
As we look to the next decade, wireless infrastructure will become even more 
pervasive and even more integrated with every aspect of our everyday lives. 
As we move to 5G, it is very likely that there will be changes in deployment 
models, integration of multiple standards and usage scenarios. The deployment 
models have emerged with small cells and heterogeneous networks, but will be 
dramatically accelerated by new, virtualized deployment models. The path to full 
5G feature set network is likely to generate a lot of optimized derivative LTE 
versions for various vertical markets, like LTE-(Vehicle) V, LTE-(Machine)M, 
LTE-(unlicensed)U, and LTE-LAA. The enhancement of the existing LTE products to 
support LTE-x would highlight the flexibility and re-programmability requirement 
of the future LTE equipment.
Francis recently attended Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona and will share 
some of the new technologies he learned in the show as well.
Francis is the Vice President and General Manager of the Communications Business 
Unit at Altera. He has been at Altera for 10 years, previously as Sr. Director of 
Field Applications Engineering for North America, Director of Customer Marketing 
in the Communications and Broadcast Division, and Sr. Manager of Corporate Development. 
Prior to Altera, Francis managed a chip design team at Texas Instruments. He has 
published and presented a number of papers in key conferences, such as IEEE ISSCC 
and IEEE GLOBECOM, and has a number of ITU standard contributions for DSL. He has 5 
issued and 1 pending US patents. Francis holds an MBA and an MSEE from University of 
California at Berkeley, and a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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