Fractus, a Barcelona-based company whose patented antenna technology is in use by the likes of LG, BlackBerry, Motorola, and HTC, has developed a fully featured, multi-band wireless antenna that's ten times smaller than today's industry standard technology. The so-called Fractus Virtual Antenna tech utilizes an antenna booster, the mXTEND, that's only 5mm on the side, in addition to other miniature, off-the-shelf components. This makes the crucial antenna component easy to standardize across handsets that share a common platform (for example, Qualcomm's ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset), while allowing for different form factors.
Not only will the invention free space inside the device's shell (we're not engineers, but we believe that's always welcome), but Fractus expects its flexible solution to significantly reduce costs related to developing custom antennae solutions. The new technology will also simplify the migration process from 3G to 4G networks, which could result in more and increasingly affordable LTE devices. In addition, the new technology seems a perfect fit for small form-factor devices like smart-watches, which can benefit from a solution that grants them independent Internet connectivity without adding bulk.
Source: Fractus (white-paper)