16 Oct 2017

mmWave antenna delivers multi-gigabit ultra-low latency connections

Plasma Antennas, the inventors of plasma silicon technology, has announced its mmWave Plasma Silicon Antenna (PSiAN) for use in smartphones and other consumer electronics, delivering high throughput with low-latency and utilizing directional beams that generate less interference and maximize energy efficiency.

As wirelessly connected consumer electronics increase in complexity, they demand greater capacity and throughput for their short-range connectivity – which can only be delivered reliably by millimetre wave (mmWave) wireless.

The introduction of millimetre wave connectivity for smartphones and other mobile devices faces significant problems as the signals are easily blocked by fingers, hands, heads and bodies. Plasma Antennas patented Plasma Silicon technology has a range of unique properties that mitigate these effects. When used in combination with distributed radiating elements, Plasma Silicon Devices (PSiD’s) can be used as a combination switch and beam former to utilise only elements that are able to receive and transmit line of sight or reflected signal. The result is, whether held in the left or right hand, against the user’s head, in portrait for video calls, surfing and email, in landscape for video, and even with both hands, for gaming the system will cope and continue to provide the low latency and high throughput necessary for photo realistic AR/MR/VR, 3D gaming and similar demanding applications.

Plasma Antennas recently modelled Plasma Silicon corner antennas as replacements for array modules for our device manufacturer customers and their silicon supplier. This approach closely represented the publicly available solutions from Qualcomm and Samsung for which there are many handling scenarios that would block the antennas. The array Plasma Antennas now propose solves these problems and brings the intrinsic qualities of Plasma Silicon.

Plasma Silicon Antennas (PSiAN) are steerable and dynamically reconfigurable and use low power with a tiny footprint (10mm at 28GHz). The beams are formed and steered from a single device eliminating phase shifters and reducing computation with no need for calibration. The technology also boasts very low loss reducing and consolidating amplification.

“The requirements for incredibly high-speed and low latency-wireless data connections between devices are becoming ever more apparent. A wide range of applications from Smartphones, to connecting Virtual Reality headsets to Connected Vehicles all depend on these reliable high performance connections,” said Paul Phillipson, CEO of Plasma Antennas. “Our patented Plasma Silicon technology provides the answer, delivering a huge leap forward in performance, power consumption and footprint – making it ideal for use in a wide range of consumer electronics devices.”

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