Wireless Applications

Decawave and DIT Partner on Antenna Design

September 10, 2009

The technology will be optimized for a variety of uses, including RTLSs and ultra-low-power wireless transceivers. The antennas will be integrated with the ScenSor chip to increase range and accuracy but can be customized for other applications.

Dublin, Ireland -- DecaWave, the pioneering fabless semiconductor company, has partnered with the Dublin Institute of Technology's Antenna & High Frequency Research Group (AHFR) for antenna design research expertise for its groundbreaking ScenSor chip. The resulting antennas are optimized, but they are fully customizable for client technologies and application needs and specifications. DecaWave's ScenSor has a wide range of standards-based applications for both real-time location systems and ultra-low-power wireless transceivers.

Led by Dr Max Ammann, the AHFR specializes in the analysis, design, and measurement of RF and microwave antennas for wireless systems. With more than 10 years of applied research experience, AHFR has built an international reputation for innovative concepts and solutions to contemporary industrial challenges. They initially specialized in ultra-wideband antennas as part of Science Foundation Ireland's Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research. This has led to several commercial exploitation opportunities, backed by patents and Enterprise Ireland support. Under the partnership with DecaWave, DIT will receive a percentage of the revenue generated by the antenna associated with ScenSor sales. The partnership is supported by Hothouse, the technology transfer office at DIT.

"We are delighted to have such a world-leading resource literally on our doorstep," says Ciaran Connell, CEO of DecaWave. "The antennas being developed for ScenSor at DIT by Dr Ammann and his team will be fully optimized for increased ranging and superior accuracy, but crucially they will also be fully customizable to the particular applications of client technologies, and ScenSor customers have already met and discussed their requirements with the AHFR team here in Dublin," he says.

"The antennas we are developing for DecaWave preserve the integrity of the transmitted signals," says Dr Max Ammann of the Dublin Institute of Technology's Antenna & High Frequency Research Group. "The antennas also have a number of other advantages, which include low-cost print manufacturing, and having a sharp pulse profile (called fidelity factor), which makes them particularly suited to ScenSor's ranging and positioning applications."

About DecaWave
DecaWave is privately funded, and is supported by Enterprise Ireland.

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