5G breakthrough: Taoglas turns antennas into mobile Lego blocks

22 Feb 201750 Shares

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Wexford company Taoglas has created a new kind of antenna that makes deploying 5G seem just like building Lego blocks.

Irish firm Taoglas has created a new antenna that consists of an interlocking system to help operators scale quickly to meet the speed and capacity demands of 5G.

The new antenna series, which will be demoed at Mobile World Congress 2017 and comes in four models, are described as 5G massive MIMO antenna arrays.

‘As the 5G drum begins to beat more loudly, the market demand is growing for 5G antennas that can scale and adapt quickly as standards emerge’
– RONAN QUINLAN

“Taoglas’ 5G antennas will help vendors and network operators not only get into the field with 5G technology more quickly, but simplify installation and reconfiguration, helping them rapidly adjust and scale as demand and other requirements grow.”

They include the Adaptrix CMM200.A, which features a patent-pending, modular interlocking system.

The idea is that networks can be expanded by quickly adding panels.

The four models are: the Adaptrix CMM200, the Aurora CMM100.A, the Pegasus CMM300.A and Sauron ELA100.A.

“This first-in-the-industry antenna system means that when you need to add capacity, you simply attach extra panels,” said Dermot O’Shea, co-CEO of Taoglas.

“You can build them up vertically or horizontally like Lego blocks. You don’t need to worry about spacing, alignment or positioning – it’s a foolproof system to achieving optimal installation methods.”

Beating the drum for 5G

Enniscorthy-based Taoglas last year revealed a $2m investment in an internet of things (IoT) centre in San Diego.

The Taoglas IoTx Center is the first of its kind in North America. It is a kind of walk-in facility for product creators at some of the biggest tech and automotive brands to comfortably design and create IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) products.

Taoglas was founded in Enniscorthy by Dermot O’Shea and Ronan Quinlan in 2004.

“As the 5G drum begins to beat more loudly, the market demand is growing for 5G antennas that can scale and adapt quickly as standards emerge,” said Ronan Quinlan, co-CEO of Taoglas.

“Taoglas’ 5G antennas will help vendors and network operators not only get into the field with 5G technology more quickly, but simplify installation and reconfiguration, helping them rapidly adjust and scale as demand and other requirements grow.”

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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