Wispry Wins Smart Antenna Front End Project

July 14, 2010

The goal is to develop antennas and front-end technology platforms for next-gen mobile handsets and media devices, reducing the devices’ size and cost while increasing their efficiency.

Irvine, CA -- On the heels of last week's announcement of it's collaboration with IBM, WiSpry, a leader in tunable radio frequency (RF) semiconductor products for the wireless industry, announced that it has won, along with key partners, a four year, $8 million, Smart Antenna Front End (SAFE) project to be funded by Denmark's High Technology Foundation. WiSpry will work together with Aalborg University, antenna specialist Molex Interconnect, and chipset leader Infineon Technologies to develop tunable antennas and RF front-ends, based on WiSpry's tunable RF technology. To work closely with its partners, 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 the size and cost of mobile devices while increasing their overall efficiency.

The SAFE project will be led by professor and antenna specialist Gert Frolund Pedersen at Aalborg University's Department of Electrical Systems. Prof. Pedersen stated, "This will be of enormous importance not only for cell phones but eventually for all wireless communications."

"Traditionally, RF and antenna development has been separate, and this has led to suboptimal solutions. In this program, 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," said Per Hartmann Christensen from Infineon Technologies.

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

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

About WiSpry
Headquartered in Irvine, CA, WiSpry is a fabless RF semiconductor company that designs and manufactures RF CMOS integrated circuits and components for leading manufacturers of mobile phones, laptops, and wireless data communications products. Using the company's core competency in RF microelectromechanical (RF-MEMS) systems technology, WiSpry creates revolutionary wireless system-on-chip MEMS-based RF architectures and has recently begun shipping products to a Tier 1 mobile handset manufacturer. WiSpry tunable RF-MEMS devices enable the development of tunable RF front-ends, allowing system designers to achieve the architectural innovation required to meet the growing challenges of mobile communications networks.

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