PhD School Program

Practical aspects of electronic components and systems

The PhD School will be enriched by interactive lessons like experimental measurements and applications.

Download the PhD School Program (last update: May 15, 2017)

The school workload is quantified in 4 credits. Tests will be held at the end of each lecture as the assessing process for the acquisition of credits.
Each student attending the school will receive an individual attendance certificate.

Monday June 19, 2017

  • Welcome

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  • Lecture 1

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    Optical MEMS for mobile phones

  • Practical session

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  • Q&A

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  • Coffee break

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  • Lecture 2

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    Resistive memory: switching mechanisms, models, and applications in computing

  • Practical session

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  • Q&A

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  • Lunch

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  • Lecture 3

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    Third Generation Photovoltaics: from Organic Solar Cells to Perovskites

  • Practical session

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  • Q&A

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  • Coffee break

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  • Lecture 4

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    Automotive Radar Applications

  • Practical session

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  • Q&A

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Tuesday June 20, 2017

  • Lecture 5

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    Flexible piezoelectric MEMS for sensing, actuation and energy harvesting

  • Practical session

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  • Q&A

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  • Lecture 6

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    Microelectronic detectors for molecular diagnostics

  • Practical session

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  • Q&A

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  • Coffee break

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  • Lecture 7

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    Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Devices in Power Electronics

  • Practical session

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  • Q&A

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  • Lunch

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  • Lecture 8

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    Electronics around the earth: new challenges for old methodologies

  • Practical session

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  • Q&A

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  • Coffee break

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  • Lecture 9

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    GaN-based optoelectronics: from material properties to high efficiency LEDs and lasers

  • Practical session

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  • Q&A

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  • PhD School Social Dinner

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Wednesday June 21, 2017

  • Lecture 10

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    Fundamentals of simulations and characterizations of electronic devices

  • Coffee break

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  • Practical session

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  • Q&A

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  • Lecture 11

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    Modern methods of absolute & residual phase noise tests on CW and pulsed signals

  • Practical session

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  • Q&A

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  • Closing remarks

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SIE2017 PhD School – List of presenters

 

Monday, June 19, 2017
h. 09.15 – 10.30
Sabina MERLO
University of Pavia – Associate Professor of Electronics
Optical MEMS for mobile phones

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ABSTRACT

This lecture illustrates micro-opto-electro-mechanical devices recently designed and fabricated by STMicroelectronics, such as micromirrors with electrostatic actuation for picoprojector and perceptual computing as well as focus tunable microlenses with piezoelectric actuation, suitable for new generations of smartphones. Instrumental configurations for spot optical measurements designed and applied for characterizing the opto-electro-mechanical response of these devices are then described.

BIOGRAPHY

Sabina Merlo is Associate professor of Electronics in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering of the University of Pavia with the Abilitation as Full Professor. Her main research interests include optical measurements on silicon micromachined devices (MEMS, MOEMS, photonic crystals), optical interferometry, optical cryptography and chaotic phenomena in laser oscillators, fiber-optic passive components and sensors, and optical biosensors. Since 2000, she is collaborating with STMicroelectronics in the field of MEMS, MOEMS and lab-on-chip. She holds four patents and is the co-author of more than 150 publications in journals, books and conference proceedings. She is an Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical systems.

 

Monday, June 19, 2017
h. 11.15 – 12.30
Daniele IELMINI
Polytechnic University of Milan – Associate Professor of Electronics
Resistive memory: switching mechanisms, models, and applications in computing

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ABSTRACT

Resistive devices are today the most promising contender for storage class memory and high density memory with crosspoint architectures. Various memory concepts have been proposed, including phase change memory (PCM), resistive switching memory (RRAM), and spin-torque transfer memory (STT-RAM), showing attractive properties of speed, retention, endurance and energy efficiency, making this class of devices extremely attractive for both memory and computing spaces of applications. This lecture will review resistive RAM characteristics, mechanisms and models. The perspective of in-memory computing using resistive RAM will be addressed with reference to logic gates and neuromorphic circuits, discussing practical implementations in both scenarios.

BIOGRAPHY

Daniele Ielmini is a Professor of Electronics at Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He received the Ph.D. in 2000, and held visiting positions at Intel Corporation (2006), Stanford University (2006) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010). His research interests include the modeling and characterization of non-volatile memories, such as nanocrystal memory, charge trap memory, phase change memory (PCM), resistive switching memory (RRAM), and spin-transfer torque magnetic memory (STT-MRAM). He received the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award in 2013, the ERC Consolidator Grant in 2014, and the IEEE-EDS Paul Rappaport Award in 2015.

 

Monday, June 19, 2017
h. 15.00 – 16.15
Dr. Angelo SCUDERI
STMicroelectronis, Catania – Principal Staff Engineer
Automotive Radar Applications

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ABSTRACT

Nowadays, automotive electronics has a new paradigm: making the driving smarter and safer. In this talk, a general overview on the electronic in the car is presented with particular focus on ADAS applications. The key aspects of automotive radar applications are discussed highlighting the interaction with silicon ICs performance. A general overview of architecture, circuits, and package solutions for both 24 and 77 GHz applications are described reporting key performance of recent products. Finally, an outline on the next challenges will be shortly discussed to provide the audience with the trend on this field of applications.

BIOGRAPHY

Angelo Scuderi was born in Catania, Italy, in 1977. He received the Laurea degree and Ph.D. degree in electronics and automation engineering from the University of Catania, Catania, Italy, in 2002 and 2006, respectively.
Since 2006, he is with the Automotive Discrete Group, ST, where he is currently responsible, as principal staff engineer, for the development of high-frequency transceivers for automotive radar applications.

 

Monday, June 19, 2017
h. 17.00 – 18.15
Aldo DI CARLO
University of Rome “Tor Vergata” – Full Professor of Electronics
Third Generation Photovoltaics: from Organic Solar Cells to Perovskites

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ABSTRACT

The new, III-Generation, photovoltaic (PV) technologies are based on materials, architectures and fabrication methods very different from the prevision PV technologies based on Silicon and thin-films like a-Si, CdTe, CIGS. The advent of organic and hybrid organic-inorganic materials permits the use of solution printing processes with a reduction of manufacturing cost without penalizing the efficiency of the solar cells. In particular, hybrid perovskite absorber can be used for solar cell exceeding certified power conversion efficiency of 22%. In this lecture I will present the design, fabrication and characterization of III-Generation photovoltaics with actual and future applications.

BIOGRAPHY

Aldo Di Carlo is full professor of Optoelectronics and Nanoelectronics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). Since 2006 he is director of the Centre for Hybrid and Organic Solar Energy (CHOSE) which involves more than 30 researchers for the development and industrialization of the organic and hybrid organic/inorganic photovoltaic technologies. Di Carlo is author/coauthor of more than 350 scientific publications on international journals, 13 patents, several book chapters and co-author of two books of optoelectronics.

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
h. 8.45 – 9.30
Prof. Massimo DE VITTORIO
University of Salento – Full Professor of Electronics; Coordinator of the Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies (CBN) of Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Flexible piezoelectric MEMS for sensing, actuation and energy harvesting

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ABSTRACT

The lecture deals with the principle of operation of piezoelectric MEMS and their applications in sensing, actuation and energy harvesting.
The seminar will also discuss the state of the art in flexible piezoelectric MEMS, their fabrication protocols and electrical and electromechanical characterization techniques.

BIOGRAPHY

Massimo De Vittorio is Director of the Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Lecce, Italy and Full Professor at Università del Salento where he is lecturer of the courses “Electronic and Photonic Devices” and “Nanotechnologies for Electronics”. He has been founder and responsible for more than ten years of the nanodevice division at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL) of the CNR Istituto Nanoscienze. His research activity deals with the development of science and technology applied to nanophotonics, nanoelectronics and nano and micro electromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS) for applications in the fields of ICT, life-science, energy and robotics.
Author of about 220 manuscripts on international journals, 60 proceedings of international conferences, 13 patents, 9 book chapters and more than 60 invited/keynote talks to international conferences, he is also senior editor of the Journal IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, member of the editorial board of the Journal Microelectronic Engineering (Elsevier), editor of the book “Nanotechnologies and neuroscience” (Springer) and founder/advisor of four startup companies.

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
h. 10.00 – 10.30
Dr. Cristina RESS
Optoi Microelectronics, Gardolo (TN) – Head of Biomedical Division
Microelectronic detectors for molecular diagnostics

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ABSTRACT

The lecture will provide an overview of the latest technologies currently applied for molecular diagnostics, focusing on miniaturized detectors embedded on a Lab on chip (LOC) and Point of care (POC) devices. In particular, the lecture will give an insight into the application of a sensitive optical detector for short RNA sequences analysis as promising biomarkers for lung cancer.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Cristina Ress graduated in Industrial Biotechnology, Functional Genomics and Proteomics, at the University of Padua (2006). She got a second level professional Master degree in Nano and Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (NEMS/MEMS) from the University of Trento and FBK Research Institute (2007) and a Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Technology (2010). She was a researcher at the BioMEMS Unit, Centre for Materials and Microsystems (FBK, 2007-2010), then she joined the R&D Department of Optoi Microelectronics (2011) and has been working as Head of Biomedical team since 2012, supervising the company’s biomedical and biotech projects based on innovative sensors and devices for biological and medical applications. She is responsible for developing the healthcare related business for Optoi and is the Project Coordinator of miRNADisEASY, a MSCA-RISE European project in the framework of Horizon 2020 Programme.

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
h. 11.15 – 12.30
Prof. Giovanni BUSATTO
University of Cassino – Full Professor of Electronics
Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Devices in Power Electronics

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ABSTRACT

The lecture is intended to present the main power devices made in Silicon Carbide (Power MOSFETs and IGBTs) and Gallium Nitride (Enhancement mode Power HEMTs). The attention is focused on their basic static and dynamic operations considering the real circuit where those devices are used. The problems associated with their very fast commutations are faced and their impact on the design of the related applications are analyzed considering both driving and load circuits. Attention is also dedicated to the circuit simulation of SiC and GaN power devices and some examples of circuit design and simulation are supplied in the practical session associated with the lecture.

BIOGRAPHY

Giovanni Busatto is full professor of Power Electronics and Electronics for Telecommunication Systems at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy. Formerly he has been Researcher at IRECE (an Institute of the Italian National Council of Research) and then Associate Professor of Power Electronics at the University of Naples “Federico II”. He was Visiting Researcher at T. J. Watson Research Center of IBM and at NIST. He has played several responsibility roles in the PhD courses at the University of Cassino and has served as the delegate of the Rector for the Research in the same university. The research interests of Prof. Busatto include modelling, simulation and characterization of power semiconductor devices and their employment in Power Electronics applications.

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
h. 14.30 – 15.45
Prof. Franco GIANNINI
University of Rome “Tor Vergata” – Full Professor of Electronics
Electronics around the earth: new challenges for old methodologies

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ABSTRACT

Over the past few decades, Space Exploration has been the most important driving force for the development of various technologies and electronics in particular, with clear and positive impact in several areas, including human health. The motto of NASA, For Benefits on the Earth, very effectively summarizes what happened.
More recently, the development of new services, first of all the ones related to Communication and Navigation, has led to a turning point that saw the launch of the Italian constellation COSMO SKY MED as the beginning of a new Era.
In fact, the strengthening of Earth Observation Systems has enabled a new and important tool for economic and social growth, of which today we can just evaluate the enormous potential. In this view, the need to create new tools and features made possible by the development of new enabling technologies, is providing an extraordinary new impetus to electronic design methodologies in general and to the Radio Frequency ones in particular.

BIOGRAPHY

Franco Giannini was born in Galatina (Lecce), on November 9, 1944. He received the degree in Electronics Engineering, summa cum laude, in 1968, and in 2008 the Laurea Honoris Causa Scientiarum Technicarum by the Warsaw University of Technology. Since 1980 has been Full Professor of Applied Electronics at the University of Roma “Tor Vergata”, and since 2001 Honorary Professor of the Warsaw University of Technology. He has been Member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Space Agency, Member of the International Scientific Evaluation Board of Alcatel-Alenia Space and, presently, he chairs the Board of Evaluation of CosmoSkyMed_2. Franco Giannini authored or co-authored more than five hundred scientific papers.

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
h. 16.30 – 17.45
Prof. Matteo MENEGHINI
Università of Padua – Assistant Professor of Electronics
GaN-based optoelectronics: from material properties to high efficiency LEDs and lasers

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ABSTRACT

Over the last decade, GaN has emerged as an ideal material for the fabrication of optoelectronic devices. Thanks to the unique properties of the InGaN and AlGaN alloys, it is theoretically possible to tailor the emission wavelength of the devices in the spectral range between 250 nm (deep-ultraviolet) and 600 nm (red). High efficiency blue and white LEDs are currently used for lighting applications and displays, UV-A LEDs are being used for material processing and biomedical applications, UV-B and UV-C LEDs are rapidly finding application in water sterilization, decontamination and biochemical agent detection. In addition, blue and green laser diodes are expected to be adopted soon in lighting and high-performance projectors. This presentation reviews the basic operating principles of GaN-based optoelectronic devices, providing insight on the most important advantages and issues related to technology development. Practical examples will be also discussed and presented.

BIOGRAPHY

Matteo Meneghini received his PhD in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering (University of Padua), working on the optimization of GaN-based LED and laser structures.
He is now assistant professor at the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova. His main interest is the characterization, reliability and simulation of compound semiconductor devices (LEDs, Laser diodes, HEMTs). Within these activities, he has published more than 300 journal and conference proceedings papers.

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
h. 8.45 – 10.45
Dr. Giovanni D’AMORE
Keysight Technologies, Inc., Amsterdam (NL) – Marketing Brand Manager – EMEA & India RF&MW Products
Fundamentals of simulations and characterizations of electronic devices

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ABSTRACT

Topic 1: Overview
Topic 2: Network Analysis Fundamentals
A vector network analyzer (VNA) is a precision measuring tool that tests the electrical performance of high frequency components, in the radio frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter-wave frequency bands (we will use the generic term RF to apply to all of these frequencies). A VNA is a stimulus-response test system, composed of an RF source and multiple measurement receivers. It is specifically designed to measure the forward and reverse reflection and transmission responses, or S-parameters, of RF components. S-parameters have both a magnitude and a phase component, and they characterize the linear performance of the DUT. While VNAs can also be used for characterizing some non-linear behavior like amplifier gain compression or intermodulation distortion, S-parameters are the primary measurement. The network analyzer hardware is optimized for speed, yielding swept measurements that are faster than those obtained from the use of an individual source and an individual receiver like a spectrum analyzer. Through calibration, VNAs provide the highest level of accuracy for measuring RF components. This presentation provides a review on RF basics, understanding of S-parameter measurements and the examination of the architectures and calibrations of VNAs.
Topic 3: RF Design & Simulation fundamentals
This session is a tutorial on Design Simulation technology and tools from Keysight EDA EEsof. We will demonstrate S-parameter simulation, impedance matching, tuning, optimization and device modelling. X-parameters are introduced and the integration of S-parameters into test/design is explained. Both ADS & Genesys software will be used for demonstration purpose
Topic 4: Hands-on and Demonstrations

BIOGRAPHY

Giovanni D’Amore received the M.Sc. (summa cum laude) degree in electronic engineering with specialization in microwave and telecommunication from the University of Palermo, Italy, in 1997. He is Marketing Brand Manager at Keysight Technologies responsible for EMEA and India for the RF & Microwave product line and market. Prior to his current responsibility, Giovanni has held numerous marketing, business development and applications support positions across several product lines with Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and now Keysight Technologies. He is regular presenter at conferences around the world and author of several articles on microwave measurement techniques.

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
h. 8.45 – 10.45
Dr. Riccardo GIACOMETTI
Keysight Technologies, Inc., Amsterdam (NL) – EMEA Market Development Manager
Fundamentals of simulations and characterizations of electronic devices

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ABSTRACT

Topic 1: Overview
Topic 2: Network Analysis Fundamentals
A vector network analyzer (VNA) is a precision measuring tool that tests the electrical performance of high frequency components, in the radio frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter-wave frequency bands (we will use the generic term RF to apply to all of these frequencies). A VNA is a stimulus-response test system, composed of an RF source and multiple measurement receivers. It is specifically designed to measure the forward and reverse reflection and transmission responses, or S-parameters, of RF components. S-parameters have both a magnitude and a phase component, and they characterize the linear performance of the DUT. While VNAs can also be used for characterizing some non-linear behavior like amplifier gain compression or intermodulation distortion, S-parameters are the primary measurement. The network analyzer hardware is optimized for speed, yielding swept measurements that are faster than those obtained from the use of an individual source and an individual receiver like a spectrum analyzer. Through calibration, VNAs provide the highest level of accuracy for measuring RF components. This presentation provides a review on RF basics, understanding of S-parameter measurements and the examination of the architectures and calibrations of VNAs.
Topic 3: RF Design & Simulation fundamentals
This session is a tutorial on Design Simulation technology and tools from Keysight EDA EEsof. We will demonstrate S-parameter simulation, impedance matching, tuning, optimization and device modelling. X-parameters are introduced and the integration of S-parameters into test/design is explained. Both ADS & Genesys software will be used for demonstration purpose
Topic 4: Hands-on and Demonstrations

BIOGRAPHY

Graduated in Electrical Engineering from University of Florence, Italy, in 1992 Riccardo Giacometti joins Hewlett Packard in Santa Rosa, California, as Sales Development Manager, then RFIC Product Manager and Foundry Program Manager for the EEsof EDA division. In 2000 he joins Agilent Technologies following the spin-off from HP and in 2004 moves to France to become EMEA Market Development Manager for EEsof EDA and then for the Signal Sources Division. Since 2011 he is an Application Engineer for Keysight EEsof EDA.

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
h. 11.45 – 12.30
Dr. Alessandro TITTA
Rohde & Schwarz Italia S.p.A., Rome – Application Engineer
Modern methods of absolute & residual phase noise tests on CW and pulsed signals

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ABSTRACT

Low phase noise is a prerequisite for range and velocity resolution of modern radar systems. Accurate measurements of phase noise and AM noise of synthesizers, high end oscillators (OCXOs, DROs,…), VCOs and components is needed to improve the performance of these systems. Up to now for high sensitivity measurements a complex setup was needed, especially when pulsed signals, additive phase noise of components or AM noise have to be measured. In this session a new measurement technique will be introduced, that provides state of the art measurement sensitivity, speed and flexibility for absolute phase noise as well as for residual/additive phase noise measurement on cw and pulsed signals released in the new phase noise and VCO tester R&S FSWP

BIOGRAPHY

Application Engineer focused on Spectrum and Vector Network Analyzers, Alessandro Titta joins Rhode & Schwartz in 2000. Since then, he continued to successfully dedicate his activity to specific products for network analysis, in particular vector network analyzers, and spectrum analyzers at high frequencies.