Behold the world's smallest smartphone antenna

Behold the world's smallest smartphone antenna
After seven years of research and hard work, scientists from Sofant Technologies in Edinburgh have developed what is referred to as the world's smallest smart antenna. Their creation is meant to make poor signal strength a thing of the past while providing excellent performance when used with next-gen networks operating on the 4G LTE standard.

The trick? A miniature electro-mechanical module controls a steerable antenna while working in tandem with the maker's intelligent software. As a result, their design operates more efficiently, manages to maintain a strong signal, and helps prolong battery life. “Antenna design has not kept pace with the rapid evolution of smart phone technology. New communication protocols, such as LTE and 4G, mean more pressure than ever on existing antenna technology, further impacting smart phone performance and user experience,” noted Sergio Tansini, CEO of Sofant.

The next step for Sofant is to try licensing its smart antenna to smartphone manufacturers. If all goes as planned, over $16 million are going to end up in the company's bank account, while we get to enjoy better reception while using our high-tech handsets. Reportedly, several major companies have already shown interest in Sofant designs, so their technology might make end up being used in a commercial product sooner than we think.

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14 Comments

1. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Watch out! Apple going to copy it, make their own version and patent it.

2. TheDude13

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

U Mean Samsung!!!

3. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Nah, Samsung doesn't copy other technologies and make it their own.

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i think the reason why apple is acting like this coz of the past! MS bought the PRESENTER(now called the powerpoint) develop by macintosh people! and microsoft patent it! so if thats the reason i think they have a decent reason!

4. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

No, Apple.... they are the patent addicts

10. TheDude13

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

at least patent is legal

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"world's smallest smartphone antenna" "A miniature electro-mechanical module controls a steerable antenna..." So it is world's smallest electro-mechanical module which can control steerable antenna or it is world's smallest steerable antenna?

6. MeoCao unregistered

This is awesome, Android phones can take advantage of this innovation. Google, please buy Sofant before Apple do as Apple will surely try to buy it and prevent other companies from using this technology.

7. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Can we have a picture next to one we might find in our phones today? Neat though!

8. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Amazing

9. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Samsung must buy and patent it now before Apple grab it.

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Wait a min. Does Apple copy they Steal before calling it as their innovation? There's a big diff between copying and stealing ... someone said -- great artists Steal while good one's just copy ... :D

12. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

But an amazing artist makes copies of what he steals and sells it for 93% profit. ;)

13. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Technology is great. This is exciting news! These are the articles I love reading on PA. Thanks Nick!

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