LONDON Antenna developers Antenova (Cambridge, England) and Galtronics (Tiberias, Israel), have joined forces to speed the development and marketing of Antenova's High Dielectric Antenna (HDA) technology into the mobile handset and laptop/adapter market.
Separately Antenova has joined a team to examine the prospects for MIMO antenna arrays for handheld devices and laptops as part of a UK government funded project to increase spectrum efficiency.
Galtronics will gain access to Antenova's novel directional antenna technology while Antenova will be able to use Galtronics' established marketing channels and manufacturing capabilities.
Galtronics, an established supplier to Tier 1 customers in the wireless communications business, and the companies say by combining their resources, they can reduce the time to market for small and highly efficient antennas to the cellular and WLAN sectors.
The first joint project is an 800/900/1800/1900MHz Quad-band antenna for the Asian, American and European markets. The antenna will be manufactured in Asia and has already been tested to show significant performance advantages over other antennas on the market.
The Quad-band antenna will be available by the end of 2003.
"This is the first major partnership on our road towards full commercialization of the technology", said Greg McCray, Antenova's CEO.
Kenneth Crowell, President/CEO of Galtronics, said the company identified a number of potential partners, "but we selected
Antenova because of their high performance antenna solutions and the exciting applications enabled by their technology."
Antenova's technology increases the data rates of a
handset, whilst reducing its power consumption and improving network performance. The antennas selectively filter out unwanted signals, thereby reducing interference and diminishing 'dead zones'.
Earlier this week, Antenova revealed it has teamed with network operator Orange and Queen Mary University of London on a project for the UK's Radiocommunications Agency (RA) to develop multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) prototype antenna arrays for laptops, and mobile terminals.
The contract is part of a wider investigation by the RA into improving spectrum efficiency when WLAN hotspots and similar networks start clogging up the radio networks in busy spaces such as airports.
MIMO could offer a significant reduction in the transmit power needed for each data packet and thus improve network coverage. Antenova says its high dielectric antennas should be ideal for applications that require high degrees of isolation between multiple antennas on small devices.
The team from Queen Mary University will provide the complimentary photonic band gap surface technology to enhance isolation between antennas. It will also investigate alternate antenna technologies that could provide both spatial and polarization diversities for MIMO applications.
Orange will provide commercial and technical input for the project from a network operator's perspective.