Oppenheimer Forecasts Market for Antenna Tuning to Reach 1B USD by 2016
Oppenheimer Equity Research has released the LTEvolution report that explores existing and emerging semiconductor opportunities in the evolving LTE market space.
Starting with describing the evolution of mobile communication standards and mobile communication networks and how they have evolved from 2G to 3G and now LTE, the report then goes on to discuss the opportunities and challenges that comes with multiband LTE deployments with carrier aggregation (CA). The report also discusses new applications and technologies such as Antenna Tuning and Envelope Tracking and features a section on WiSpry and RF-MEMS technology. The report is a good read and Oppenheimer predicts rapidly increasing attach rates for Antenna Tuners in smartphones and forecasts this the market segment to reach 1 Billion USD for year 2016. Click here for link to the report (external site).
WiSpry CTO Named IEEE Fellow
WiSpry CTO and Co-Founder Art Morris Recognized for Development and Commercialization of CMOS Radio Frequency Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems.
We here at WiSpry are proud to announce that Dr. Arthur S. Morris has been named an IEEE Fellow by the IEEE Board of Directors for his significant contributions to the field of radio frequency (RF) engineering. Joining the 2013 class of 298 global recipients, Dr. Morris’ innovations enables WiSpry to offer a unique class of CMOS based Tunable RF micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-enabled devices, circuits and systems that reduce mobile device size and cost by providing a combination of tunability and low insertion loss far beyond that achievable with conventional silicon technology. Link to the full press release.
Antenna Tuning in Band IV
When we talk with customers we often get asked about how a tuner can help with tuning in band IV and other bands that have an large duplex distance. Band IV has the uplink at 1700 MHz but the downlink is located at 2100 MHz, more than 400 MHz away. Clearly this is not a case where a single resonance can cover both Tx and Rx and at the same time.
In this application example video
the WS2018 antenna tuner is used to create a dual resonance tuning setting that provides excellent match for both Tx/Uplink and Rx/Downlink at the same time. Both resonances are individually tunable. The concept works also when compensating for external loading effects so that it can be used in a closed loop control scheme. Another excellent example on how Tunable RF can help you build an antenna solution with superior accessible bandwidth and flexibility. Link to video on YouTube
Double Power Savings with WiSpry Tunable RF Devices
You probably already know that with a correctly tuned and centered antenna impedance you are saving valuable power and such savings translate into longer battery life and happier customers.
But did you know that WiSpry devices themselves also are absolute power savers? Not only in active mode but there is also a standy mode that can be used to further reduce the power consumption during idle periods. Best of all, thanks to digital electrostatic control, supply current stays low independent of device activity level and there are no bias currents or external analog voltages required to operate the device, just a low voltage power supply and a serial interface.
Co-Existence Filtering Magic Trick
Just as WiSpry Tunable RF circuits are used for tuning antennas, they can also be used to build super compact Tunable RF filters. Not only does this allow the filter response be shifted up and down in frequency, it is also possible to turn the filter off completely and avoid the insertion loss when there is no interference present. This set of abilities makes the filters perfectly suitable for co-existence application where they can help significantly increase the isolation between separate radio systems.
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