ANSYS Solutions for Interconnected Smart Devices & 5G Applications

March 12, 2019

9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)


4100 Calit2 Building
UC Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2800

Verly Flores

5G, the fifth-generation wireless technology, will enable a smarter world. 5G promises to deliver ultra fast data speeds, extreme low latency, and increased ability to connect to more devices in a given area. Combined, these capabilities will drive autonomous vehicles, unlock industrial IoT and smart city initiatives, and deliver rich multimedia application, to name a few.

While these capabilities will delight the customers, engineers designing 5G systems - from devices to networks to cloud infrastructure - face daunting design and verification challenges. Engineering simulation has been proven to be a key enabler in helping organizations overcome these challenges.

We invite you to join us at this seminar where you will learn how you can deliver innovative designs for 5G using physics-based simulation. Our experts will share their insights into 5G system development and cover critical design issues, such as antenna performance, semiconductor reliability, and thermal integrity.

This event is FREE to attend and will fill quickly, so register early to reserve your spot. Lunch will be provided!
Complimentary parking is available only in the Anteater Parking Structure.  Please see below for detailed parking information. 


Time Topic
9:30 - 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 - 10:15 ANSYS Introduction and Welcome
10:15 - 11:00 5G Design Innovation Through Simulation
Dr. Larry Williams, Director of Technology, ANSYS
11:00 - 11:45 Industry Keynote: 5G: The Next Generation Mobile Wireless Network
Dr. Joseph Ho, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Verizon 5G Lab
11:45 - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 - 1:45 Multi-Physics Design of Smartphones for 5G Readiness Using ANSYS AEDT
Jared Harvest, Lead Application Engineer, ANSYS
1:45 - 2:30 Simulating Your Way to 5G Connectivity Using ANSYS
Arien Sligar, Lead Application Engineer, ANSYS
2:30 - 2:45 Q&A 

Featured Presentations

Dr. Joseph Ho
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Verizon 5G Lab


Dr. Joseph Ho is with the Verizon 5G Lab responsible for 5G digital ecosystem development through strategic partnerships with startups, incubators and leading technology companies. He focuses on a broad range of technologies and use cases, including robotics, Industrial IoT, smart vehicles and transportation, AI/analytics, AR/VR and immersive communications. Prior to Verizon, Dr. Ho was the Director of Technical Marketing at Qualcomm Research leading the evangelization of 5G technologies worldwide.

Dr. Ho obtained a PhD degree specializing in mobile networking from Georgia Tech as well as MSEE and BSEE degrees from the University of Washington at Seattle. He holds more than 10 US and international patents.

Dr. Larry Williams
Director of Technology, ANSYS


Dr. Larry Williams is Director of Technology at ANSYS Inc. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the company’s physics simulation products. Dr. Williams is an expert in the application of electromagnetic field simulation to the design of antennas, electromagnetic devices, and high-speed electronics. He has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of electromagnetics and communications engineering, has delivered technical lectures internationally, and has published numerous technical papers on the subject. He and his co-authors won the prestigious H.A. Wheeler Prize Paper Award in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 1995, and the best paper award at DesignCon 2005. He serves on the UC Irvine Henry Samueli School of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Council and on the California State Polytechnic University Electrical Engineering Department Advisory Board.

Dr. Williams held various senior engineering positions in the Engineering Division of Hughes Aircraft Company, Radar Systems Group, where he was responsible for hardware design and development of advanced active phased array radar antennas, array element and aperture design, associated microwave subsystems, and antenna metrology. He received his Masters, Engineers, and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA in 1989, 1993 and 1995, respectively.



Dr. Larry Williams
Director of Technology, ANSYS

Modern electromagnetic simulation is founded on the vision that all electronic design is fundamentally based on Maxwell’s Equations, thus solving them directly would one day become the basis for the highest performance design. That day is today.

In this forward-looking presentation, Dr. Williams will show how engineers deliver design innovation for 5G systems using advanced physics-based simulation. You will see that superior design can be delivered using advanced engineering simulation and high-performance computing leading to advantage for both large corporations and small start-ups.

Industry examples from 5G applications will be highlighted. An active phased array antenna system for real-time beamforming and high-bandwidth communications will be shown using multi-scale and multi-domain simulation. It will be shown that modern electromagnetic field solvers can combine with circuits and systems for base station antenna system modeling.

Topics in RFIC module design for sub-6GHz applications will be described, and layout-based design assembly will be covered to illustrate how a combination of multi-die laminate structures can be designed.

5G systems require significant signal processing and data center switching resulting in new challenges in chip, package, printed circuit board integration. Examples will be shown where electrical signal integrity, power integrity, thermal behavior, and EMI can be addressed.

Applications of 5G for future Autonomous vehicles and smart cities will also be explored illustrating challenges and opportunities. The presentation concludes with Dr. Williams’ vision on what the future will bring and how it will impact organizations that embrace it.

Multi-Physics Design of Smartphones for 5G Readiness Using ANSYS AEDT
Jared Harvest, ANSYS

The last decade has seen an evolution in smartphones capable of multiple functionalities within a thinly structured packaging. With the 5G (28 GHz) telecommunications standards in the horizon, product reliability is critical to stay competitive and avoid catastrophic failures that can rapidly lead to irreversible losses and damage to brand reputation.

When designing smartphones, each engineering team typically optimizes the functionality and efficiency of their design using a single physics approach. True reliability demands that the engineers balance the requirements of multiple physics disciplines in tandem, to optimize the performance of all the components, be it the battery and power delivery, PCB and IC components, or RF and antenna design. While the fundamental working and structural packaging of a smartphone starts in electrical and mechanical domains, respectively, nearly all the reliability issues are rooted in the thermal behavior.

This study presents a simulation workflow and case study that illustrates the importance of a comprehensive multi-physics approach to designing wireless systems, with a view towards expected developments in future 5G and mm-wave designs. This multi-physics approach shows the true potential for performance degradation of the antenna transmitting system. ANSYS AEDT is used as a unified platform to conduct an integrated circuit and electro-thermal simulations to evaluate the factual product performance under real conditions..

Simulating Your Way to 5G Connectivity Using ANSYS
Arien Sligar, ANSYS

5G networks are the next generation of mobile access and connectivity technologies, expected to provide significant performance enhancements compared with the available 4G networks. High speed video streaming, autonomous driving, virtual reality, internet of things (IoT), and other potentially disruptive technologies can flourish, and change the way people interact with each other and with their surroundings.

Despite the revolutionary impacts, the realization of 5G technology needs addressing some key issues including carrier aggregation, network densification, and new waveforms and modulation schemes. To address the carrier aggregation, the current proposed 5G architectures are using both microwave (sub-6 GHz) and millimeter wave (>26 GH) bands. Moreover, for the efficient usage of the available spectrum to support higher data rates and more users, massive MIMO has been proposed. Developing these new technologies is a costly and time-consuming procedure. However, comprehensive simulation and modeling techniques can help reducing the prototyping cost, exploring new technologies, and giving design insights to expedite the technology growth.

To this end, this presentation describes a pervasive modeling and design approach, including full-wave electromagnetics simulations to help design the backbone of the 5G networks. This will include modeling massive MIMO antenna arrays (for the base station), user equipment (UE) hardware, characterization of channel state information (CSI), and environment effect on the 5G system performance.


Parking Information

  • Complimentary parking is available only in the Anteater Parking Structure on Anteater Drive off of East Peltason Drive.
  • Upon entry, provide your name to the parking attendant and she will issue a voucher for complimentary parking.
  • The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) is located a short walk from the Anteater Parking Structure and there will be signs to guide you to the correct building.
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