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Chairman's Message

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to be a part of the 2018 IEEE BiCMOS and Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuits and Technology Symposium (BCICTS).  After 39 years of the Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (CSICS), and 32 years of the Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuit and Technology Meeting (BCTM), this new combined symposium will be held on Sunday October 14 to Wednesday October 17 in San Diego, Sunny California.   

Both BCTM and CSICS bring a long history as international gatherings where distinguished experts present their latest results in bipolar, SiGe BiCMOS, and compound semiconductor circuits, devices, and technology. There are no other events in the world where you can see leading edge bipolar/BiCMOS devices and technology, 5G ICs, GaN HPAs, InP THz PAs, optical CMOS/SiGe transceivers, GaN HEMT power devices, and advances in compact modeling all presented together.

This first BCICTS includes presentations from worldwide submissions on all aspects of the technology.  Topics span process technology, device advances, TCAD modeling, compact modeling to IC design and testing, high-volume manufacturing, and system applications. BCICTS will also feature the very latest results in RF/microwave, millimeter-wave, THz, analog mixed signal, and optoelectronic integrated circuits.

On Sunday October 14th, BCICTS offers a topical short course “Phased Arrays and Massive MIMO: Technology and Systems”.  On Monday morning October 15th, BCICTS offers a primer course: “SiGe Technology and mmW Layout Techniques”.  Taught by leading experts, the short course is intended for both technologists and IC designers who seek a comprehensive understanding of the latest industry trends and techniques.   The primer course is intended to be a tutorial which introduces key concepts, techniques and practices for RF circuit design. 

As a complement to the technical program, the symposium includes numerous social events that allow participants to interact and network in a friendly, relaxed setting. These events include the Monday Evening Exhibition Opening Reception, and the Technology Exhibition Luncheon on Tuesday. BCICTS will also offer a banquet on Tuesday evening, in nearby Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. 

We would like to thank the many dedicated volunteers on the BCTM and CSICS organizing committees, now merged into one BCICTS Committee, and the generous support of the IEEE Electron Devices, Microwave Theory and Techniques, and Solid-State Circuits Societies.  Finally, we look forward to interacting with all participants to create a new and exciting symposium tradition!

Brian Moser, Peter Magnée, Symposium Co-Chairs