Electronic Design Innovation Conference and Exhibition (EDI CON) USA, the industry event that brings together RF/microwave and high speed digital design engineers and system integrators, is happy to announce its technical program co-chairs for the 2018 USA event.

Jin BainsJin Bains, head of connectivity, SCL, at Facebook and Ransom Stephens, PhD, author, technologist and physicist, have agreed to help steer the direction of this year’s conference. Bains is an expert in RF/microwave industry, and Stephens is expert in high speed electronics. They are part of the EDI CON USA Technical Advisory Committee, which reviews abstracts for inclusion in the technical program as well as evaluates all submitted papers for consideration of an Outstanding Paper Award.

In his current role at Facebook, Bains oversees and directs engineering teams involved in the company’s efforts to increase access to affordable connectivity across the globe, including the use of terrestrial, low-altitude, high-altitude and satellite systems. Before joining Facebook, he spent over 10 years at National Instruments, where he served as the VP of R&D, RF and wireless products, managing a global R&D organization of engineers and driving innovation with internal experts and key outside partners. Bains began his career as an RF engineer and R&D manager for Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis and Stanford, respectively.

Rasom StephensRansom Stephens, PhD aims to help engineers by teaching the concepts they need to design better systems and better ways to come up with solutions. He began his career in basic research at labs in the U.S. and Europe specializing in digging weak signals out of strong backgrounds. He brought those skills to high speed electronics in 1999 and invented new techniques for signal and noise analysis. Since 2005, when he started Ransom’s Notes, his seminars have helped thousands of EEs understand key nuances of their work. He is also an accomplished book author: the novels The God Patent and The Sensory Deception have each appeared on a variety of bestseller lists. He released his first full-length work of nonfiction popular science, The Left Brain Speaks the Right Brain Laughs, in 2016. Stephens holds a PhD in physics from the University of California.

This year’s EDI CON USA event, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center October 17-19, will focus on education and training for attendees, as well as include a celebration of innovation in the EDI CON EXPO hall, complete with show-floor networking opportunities, prizes and speed trainings.

EDI CON is a unique event because it brings together two groups of engineers—high frequency and high speed—who are finding that the overlap between their solutions and challenges Is growing each year. Its strength is that it is produced by the leading technical journals in each of these respective domains, Microwave Journal and Signal Integrity Journal. Now in its third year in the U.S. and sixth year in China, EDI CON is proving to be a fantastic opportunity for learning, training, networking and knowledge sharing.

The Call for Abstracts for EDI CON USA 2018 is open until May 31, 2018. Track selections include RF & Microwave Design, Mobile Front End Design, Low Power RF & IoT, 5G Advanced Communications, Broadband Networks, Radar & Defense, Amplifier Design, Signal Integrity, Power Integrity, EMC/EMI, Simulation & Modeling and Test & Measurement. Selected papers will be presented at EDI CON USA 2018, held October 17-19, 2018 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif. More information and the submission portal is available online

EDI CON USA 2018 is supported by its primary media sponsors, Microwave Journal and Signal Integrity Journal. More information, including how to exhibit at EDI CON USA 2018, is available at www.ediconusa.com.