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MICS Seminar: RFICs: A Silent Enabler of Everyday Life

Event Date: 2013-10-08.

Event Location: Whittemore 457.

Event Contact: ha (at) vt( dot )edu

Sponsoring Group: Multifunctional Integrated Circuits and Systems Group (MICS)

Information: Scott Marshall, from Freescale, will be the speaker.

Details: Abstract:
Have you ever wondered what your cell phone talks to when it sends your text messages or when you are browsing the web? Do you ever wonder if someone is out there working on a microwave oven that cooks evenly or would be small enough to fit in a car? Surprisingly, there is a virtual hidden world supporting many of our creature comforts that is enabled by RFICs and multi-chip modules. These current and future devices enable everything from streaming video on our mobile device and home televisions to medical procedures and food preparation. Most of us ultimately rely on an RFIC on a daily basis without fully realizing it.

This talk is about how RFICs have been and are still quietly transforming the world we live in from the way we interact to how we prepare our food. I will share a brief glimpse into this often hidden world as well as the opportunities that this quiet revolution presents to those willing to explore frequencies above 1 MHz. At Freescale (formerly Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector), we lead the market in providing component and systems solutions for cellular infrastructure and RF industrial applications.

Scott D. Marshall has over 14 years experience in the research and development of RF and microwave high power transistor and MMIC products for cellular, industrial, and terestrial broadcast systems. In his current role, he manages a world wide team of RF designers focused on the development of world class Si LDMOS, GaAs, and GaN products for cellular infrastructure and RF industrial applications. He received his Bachelores of Electrical Engineering and Applied Sciences from Case Western Reserve University in 1997 and received his Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic University in 1999.