Ubidyne has now been granted over 30 patents covering technologies fundamental to the design, deployment and use of active antenna systems (AAS). The most recent patents were awarded at the beginning of January and there are a further 50 applications pending. With increasing interest in the use of active antennas to extend mobile network capacity and reduce operator costs…
Ubidyne has now been granted over 30 patents covering technologies fundamental to the design, deployment and use of active antenna systems (AAS). The most recent patents were awarded at the beginning of January and there are a further 50 applications pending. With increasing interest in the use of active antennas to extend mobile network capacity and reduce operator costs, Ubidyne now owns a growing technology portfolio that spans active antenna architectures and key components including digital transceiver design, features such as beamforming and self-healing, as well as innovative chip designs.
“While the challenge of increasing capacity and performance from mobile networks involves every stage from access devices to the core infrastructure, it is the air interface that remains the most costly and scarce resource and is where there is most to gain,” said Michael Fränkle, CEO at Ubidyne. “With our advanced active antenna technology backed by world-class IP and validated by global operators, we are in an ideal position to partner with major telecoms equipment vendors, antenna manufacturers and semiconductor companies to deliver macro cell, small cell and distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions.”
Ubidyne’s powerful modular platform supports multi-standard wireless antenna deployments across 700MHz to 2600MHz and for all 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE 3GPP standards. Features such as beamforming and vertical sectorization have been shown to increase the capacity of macro cells by up to 40% in lowband and over 60% in highband, while active antennas will play an integral part of future LTE/4G small cell networks. Ubidyne’s digital architecture also supports high-capacity, multi-standard and multi-operator DAS deployments for extending mobile broadband coverage to indoor or outdoor data hot-spots.
With 100% success record of achieving patent grants to date, Ubidyne’s current patents cover:
• Digital AAS architecture and transceiver
• Multiple methods and variants for calibration and linearization in an AAS architecture
• Efficient feedback mechanisms for calibration, linearization and power distribution in an AAS architecture
• AAS features such as beamforming and self-healing
• Aspects of active and passive antenna combinations as well as multi-band active antennas
• IC designs including PA, DAC and ADC
Ubidyne is confident that it will be granted further patents in the next six to 12 months that will further strengthen its position in the expanding active antenna market. “We are seeing increasing global interest for all macro cell, small cell and DAS applications and according to a number of leading research companies, the market for active antenna solutions is expected to grow to over $2bn by 2016,” added Fränkle.
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