Student Design Competition of EuMW 2019

 

When: Tuesday 1st October and Wednesday 2nd October, 2019
Location: Dedicated Booth next to Registration Desk

Dr Benjamin Potelon (Lab-STICC - Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France) & Prof. Pierre Blondy (XLIM - Université de Limoges, Limoges, France)

The Student Design Competitions involve master and doctoral students designing and measuring a microwave device developed prior to the conference. This competition is open to all students. Measurements will be open to all EuMW participants. A representative of the design team must be present at the competition day.

The Student Design competitions are centred on three topics and please refer to the student’s activities web site for detailed design rules and specifications.

This year, three competitions will be offered:

Thrust 1: PA Design, organised and sponsored by AMCAD
Engineering (Booth 320D)
When: Tuesday 1st October – 08:30 to 12:30

The aim of the Thrust 1 is to design a power amplifier at the frequency 3.5 GHz, with a minimum video bandwidth of 100MHz. The amplifier should deliver a minimal output power of 35dBm at 1 dB of Gain compression, with the highest PAE. This thrust is supervised by Arnaud Delias (delias@amcad-engineering.fr).

How to participate
1. Request the entry form (delias@amcad-engineering.fr)
2. Submit the entry form to Arnaud Delias before 15th of September 2019
3. Submit a brief report including simulations, layout, and measurements before the competition. (The selected projects will receive an acceptance letter to attend the competition.)

The winning team will be awarded €1000 and will be offered the opportunity to get a one year free license of IQSTAR software for their research lab. The second team will be awarded €500.

Thrust 2: Wideband Amplifier Biasing Network, organised and sponsored by Ampleon Netherlands BV
When: Tuesday 1st October – 13:50 to 17:50
Download Specifications Here

Thrust 2 will introduce the students to the RF high power amplifier (HPA) biasing for wideband applications. This thrust is supervised by Lazaro Marco-Platon, lazaro.marco@ampleon.com.
Biasing networks has a key role on the video bandwidth (VBW) and RF performance of HPAs. The main target of the contest is design and realization of a biasing network considering low insertion loss at the operation bandwidth and low impedance at the low frequency region. The competitors will design and fabricate a biasing network having the resonance-free low impedance response at the low
frequency region. Although students are free to use any topology and material, they need to meet a given set of specifications.

The winner will be the network that demonstrates the widest bandwidth regarding the lowest input impedance at the low frequency region. If there is a tie, wider accepted operation BW will be the winner. Questions can be sent to Dr. Lazaro Marco-Platon, lazaro.marco@ampleon.com.

Winners will be awarded € 1000 (1st place) and € 500 (2nd place). Promising designs will be also awarded € 250.

How to participate
1. Request the entry form (lazaro.marco@ampleon.com)
2. Submit the entry form to Lazaro Marco-Platon before 15th of September 2019
3. Submit a brief report including simulations, layout, and measurements before the competition. (The selected projects will receive an acceptance letter to attend the competition.) 

Thrust 3: Filter Design (sponsored by Elliptika – booth A050)
When: Wednesday 2nd October – 08:30 to 12:30
Download Specifications Here

Thrust 3 is meant to develop a dual-band filter design prior to the conference. This thrust is supervised by Dr Benjamin Potelon (benjamin.potelon@univ-brest.fr) & Prof. Pierre Blondy (pierre.blondy@xlim.fr).

The winner team will be awarded € 1000 and will be offered the opportunity to propose an invited paper in the International Journal of Microwave and Wireless Technologies to detail the design of their filter. The second team will be awarded € 500 .

Please refer to the student activities section on the website for design rules and specifications. Questions can be sent to Dr. Benjamin Potelon & Prof. Pierre Blondy.

Please refer to the student’s activities web site for design rules and specifications.

How to participate:
1. Request the entry form (benjamin.potelon@univ-brest.fr and pierre.blondy@xlim.fr).
2. Submit the entry form to Benjamin Potelon and Pierre Blondy before 15th of September 2019
3. Submit a brief report including simulations, layout, and measurements before the competition. (The selected projects will receive an acceptance letter to attend the competition.)

 

Student Design Competition Sponsors

Elliptika Amcad Engineering Ampleon

 

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