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WiSpry, partners bag smart antenna project in Denmark

Posted: 19 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tunable antennas  RF front-ends  SAFE project 

WiSpry Inc. along with key partners has bagged a Smart Antenna Front End (SAFE) project that will be funded by Denmark's High Technology Foundation.

The four-year project involves Rs.3,735.85 lakh ($8 million) and WiSpry will work with Aalborg University, Molex Interconnect and Infineon Technologies. Together, they will develop tunable antennas and RF front-ends based on WiSpry's tunable RF technology. WiSpry will be establishing a technical presence in Aalborg, Denmark.

The SAFE project's goal is to develop antennas and front-end technology platforms for the next generation of mobile handsets and media devices. SAFE will enable significant reduction in size and cost of mobile devices while increasing efficiency.

The SAFE project will be led by professor and antenna specialist Gert Frolund Pedersen at Aalborg University's department of electrical systems.

Per Hartmann Christensen of Infineon Technologies noted that "Traditionally, RF and antenna development has been separate and this has led to suboptimal solutions. In this programme we have, for the first time, brought together expertise from both sides. This consortium has the goal of developing specific control, as well as integration technology for both antenna and RF. This can potentially become a part of all mobile phones in the future."

Morten Christensen from Molex stated, "During the last 10 years, Molex has built up a unique competency in the antenna area. With the SAFE programme we, together with the other parties, have an opportunity to think differently and solve the technical challenges that includes the next generation of smart antennas. I expect this consortium will develop the world's best (smartest) smart antenna systems."

And Arthur Morris, chief technology officer of WiSpry, stated that "Inherently agile radio front-ends will provide tomorrow's mobile devices with peak performance at smaller form factors and lower costs." He added that "Wispry's RF tuning and sensing technologies have been developed specifically to provide wide tunability with high precision and easy integration. We expect the SAFE programme to prove feasibility of this revolutionary wireless vision and we are excited to join the world-class team in Aalborg."

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