IEEE Phoenix Section Annual Awards Banquet

IEEE Phoenix Section Annual Banquet 2020 POSTPONED

IEEE Phoenix Section

Annual Awards Banquet

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 North 44th Street, Phoenix, Arizona – 85008

Keynote Presentation

Harnessing the Full RF Bandwidth for 5G

Paul Hart

General Manager, Radio Power Solutions
NXP Semiconductors
Chandler, Arizona


5G is the fifth-generation wireless technology for digital cellular networks that began wide deployment in 2019.  A full nationwide 5G deployment in South Korea has been completed using the 3.5GHz band in a 32 transmitters per box, or 32T configuration.  And in 2020, deployments are extending globally with the biggest happening in China and United States with systems that may comprise of 16T, 32T, and 64T depending on use case.  These solutions enable massive multiple inputs and multiple outputs, aka mMIMO.

The frequency spectrum of 5G is divided into low-band, mid-band and millimeter waves. Low-band uses a frequency range similar to its predecessor 4G, also called 5G lite (typically less than 1 GHz). 5G mid-band is the most widely deployed, now in over 20 networks, with frequencies ranging from 2.4 to 4.2 GHz. The third band (mm wave) is the fastest with frequencies between 24 to 72 GHz. Lower frequency has wide covereage area, good building penetration, but low peak data speed. Conversely higher frequency range has low covereage area, poor building penetration, but high data rates. This wide range of frequencies and power level requirements demand a wide variety of solutions in a small form factor.

This talk will describe the challenges that carriers face in building out their network infrastructure and also describe the challenges that the device and component manufactures are facing in the 5G deployment including the power/cost challenges of delivering very wide bandwidth high data rate 5G signals.

Speaker Biography

Paul Hart is the general manager of the Radio Power Solutions business line at NXP Semiconductors. In this role, he is responsible for maximizing NXP’s leadership position in 5G and identifying new market opportunities to drive growth with best-in-class technologies, product offerings and system solutions spanning the entire range of 5G frequencies and power.

Paul joined Motorola Semiconductor as an RF engineer in 2001, transferring to Freescale in 2006 and NXP in 2015. He has 19+ years of semiconductor industry experience specializing in the development, launch and life cycle management of cutting-edge RF solutions. Prior to his current role, Paul managed the Radio Frequency business at NXP. Before that, he led NXP’s RF applications engineering teams and the engineering efforts that sharpened the company’s focus on next-generation power amplifier (PA) architectures, radio algorithms and radio system integration, and RF PA customer reference designs. He also has been responsible for the development and new product introduction of the Digital Front-End product family.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science degree in Microwaves and Optoelectronics from University College London.

IEEE Phoenix Section Information

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Banquet Agenda 

/ Social Hour:  5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sit-Down Dinner: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Section Program: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Keynote Presentation: 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Awards Presentation: 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Business Attire is recommended 

Banquet Registration Fees

IEEE Members – Except Students: $75.00

IEEE Undergraduate and Graduate Student Members: $65.00

IEEE Member and Student Member Guests: $75.00

IEEE Student Branch Table for Ten without Guests): $650.00

IEEE Society Chapter / Affinity Group Table for Ten: $750.00

Corporate Sponsorship including Dinner Table for Ten: $2000.00

Banquet Registration Direct Link:

IEEE Members of all categories including student members should list their membership numbers at the time of registration.
The membership should be current and will be checked against IEEE Member Data Base.
All tables seat ten attendees. Student Member table for ten cost is for seating ten IEEE Student members.
Cost for guests seated at the Student Branch table is $75.00.
Corporate Sponsorship includes recognition in program, table of ten for dinner, and 6’ x 3’ space for a display.
Meals choice should be made during online registration. Refer to menu on the next page.
Dinner is not guaranteed without meal choice.
Deadline for registration is Sunday, March 29th, 2020. No exceptions will be made.

Banquet Venue

1101 North 44th Street,

Phoenix, Arizona – 85008


Northeast of Red Mountain Freeway

(Loop 202) and 44th Street



Banquet Menu

Social Hour

>> Appetizers <<

Chicken Sate
Assorted Vegetable & Assorted Cheese Displays

>> Cash Bar <<

Guests to Buy Tickets from the Hotel Cashier sitting next to Bar and present to Bartender for the Desired Drink
Bar Charges Cash Only

 Drink Prices

Premium Brands @ $15.75 Each

New Amsterdam Vodka & Gin, Cruzan Aged Light, Jim Beam, J&B, Sauza Signature Blue Silver, E&J, Seagram’s,
Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps

Wine by the Glass @ $15.75 per Glass

Proverb Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Merlot

Domestic Beer Selection @ $10.50 per Bottle

Budweiser, Bud Light, and Miller Lite

Imported Beer Selection @ $11.00 per Bottle

Corona Extra, Stella Artois, Blue Moon Belgian White, Michelob Ultra, Sam Adams New England IPA, Four Peaks Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale

Assortment of Juice, Soda & Bottled Water @ $6.50 Each

 Dinner Menu

>> Pre-Set Salad <<

Chopped Salad
With Tomato, Cucumber, Goat Cheese, Chopped Egg, Bacon and White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Served with Assorted Rolls & Butter

>> Entrees <<

Plated Herb Frenched Chicken Breast (Gluten Free)
Herb Frenched Chicken Breast with Meyer Lemon Broth
Served with Roasted Asparagus & Gratin Potatoes


Plated Grilled Flat Iron Steak Chimichurri
Sliced Grilled Sirloin, Traditional Parsley, Vinegar & Oil
Served with Roasted Asparagus & Gratin Potatoes


Grilled Filet of Salmon Plated (Gluten Free)
Grilled Filet of Salmon with Dejon Cream Sauce
Served with Roasted Asparagus & Gratin Potatoes


Penne Pasta (Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free)
Served with Broccoli, Zucchini, Peas and Onions with Marinara Sauce
Served with Roasted Asparagus

>> Pre-Set Dessert <<

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake


Raspberry Sorbet with Fresh Raspberries (Only for Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten Free Entrée Choice)
Served with Iced Tea, and Water
Freshly Brewed Regular & Decaffeinated Coffee Served on Request