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'Beam-Steering' Technology Takes Mobile Communications Beyond 5G

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The antenna is fully compatible with 5G specifications and does not require the complex feeding networks used by commonly deployed antenna systems, instead using a low complexity system that improves performance and is simple to fabricate.

Credit: University of Birmingham (U.K.)

A beam-steering antenna developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Birmingham can boost the efficiency of data transmission across the millimeter wave spectrum.

The device offers continuous "wide-angle" beam steering that enables it to track a mobile phone user in motion more efficiently.

Fully compatible with existing 5G specifications and comprised of a metamaterial, the antenna can control the deflection of a radio wave beam, concentrating the beam into a highly directive signal and redirecting the energy while boosting transmission efficiency.

Said Birmingham's James Churm, "Our current models show that our beam-steering technology may be capable of 94% efficiency at 300 GHz.”

Churm added that the technology is suitable for “next-generation use in automotive, radar, space, and defense applications."

From University of Birmingham (U.K.)
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