SkyCross introduced its new VersiTune-LTE Antenna that features active tuning technology and support for carrier aggregation. SkyCross cited several key advances:
- iMAT (Isolated Mode Antenna Technology) is a single antenna structure that acts like multiple antennas through the use of multiple feedpoints. Each feedpoint accesses the single antenna as if it were two or more independent antennas, which are highly isolated from each other. This enables a multi-band, multi-protocol antenna module.
- VersiTune delivers an advanced tunable antenna solution for multi-band 4G LTE devices in a single iMAT antenna structure. This enables active tuning from frequency band to frequency band so that many bands can be satisfied by a single structure. SkyCross said it now offers broader performance across 12 or more operating frequency bands, with optimized MIMO performance for 4G LTE in smart phones, tablets and USB modems in one-quarter the size of conventional antennas.
- MatchTune enables a single antenna structure to uniquely fine tune within a given LTE frequency band, which both enhances performance for a given frequency or for multiple simultaneous frequencies when employing carrier aggregation. It also provides the core capability for effectively resolving head/hand effect
“Addressing antenna capabilities is critical for device designers and manufacturers to meet conflicting consumer demands of improved performance, similar or lower cost devices, and ever-shrinking form factors,” said Ben Naskar CEO and chairman of SkyCross. “To date, customers have been hesitant to integrate actively tuned antennas due to questions about market need versus performance and cost. With LTE and carrier aggregation coming upon us, the time has come to move to actively tuned solutions."