5G NR beam-steering gateway antennas launched at MWC 2019

26th February 2019
Lanna Cooper

Taoglas has announced the launch of the Taoglas 5G NR KSF.410, a new 5G millimetre wave beam-steering antenna targeting frequency bands 27.5-28.35GHz. According to the company the KSF.410 is the industry’s first antenna utilising beam-steering chipsets from Analog Devices, and is being showcased this week at Taoglas’ stands at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, and Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany.

Mobile network operators worldwide have begun buildout of 5G networks to keep pace with demand for high throughput, low latency connectivity for both enterprise and consumer use cases, ranging from smart transportation and connected car to smart homes, electric vehicle charging and mobile payment systems.

Taoglas’ beam-steering technology changes the economics of next-gen wireless networks by extending coverage and increasing throughput exponentially, while requiring less equipment.

Taoglas’ beam-steering technology found in the KSF.410 array and chipset combination is configured to work with an algorithm to provide beam control. This new antenna array means the solution has extremely robust amplitude and phase control with very fine beam tuning.

This can help to increase the link quality and deliver the best signal propagation and reception to power the next-gen of use cases that demand extreme data speeds and capacity as well as higher reliability and lower latency. The KSF.410 utilises a new beam-steering chipset technology from Analog Devices.

“Beam-steering is critical to 5G, allowing operators to extend coverage of 5G networks and achieve higher throughput without additional infrastructure investment,” said Ronan Quinlan, Co-CEO and Co-founder of Taoglas.

“Taoglas was early to market with beam-steering technology in our groundbreaking Taoglas Shift antenna for Sub-6GHz applications, and now we have beam-steering at NR mmWave with the KSF.410. The availability of production-quality beam-steering chipsets from a company like Analog Devices at production prices is a testament to just how quickly the 5G market is maturing.

"Now customers developing fixed wireless access gateways for 5G networks can integrate our Shift Sub-6GHz and the KSF.410 NR mmWave antennas quickly into their products to be first to market. Our engineering teams will work with the device manufacturer to get the product integrated, optimised and tested quickly.”

Additional capabilities of the KSF.410 include:

  • Wide azimuth coverage; +/-60° beam scan
  • Peak Gain: 17dBi
  • 16-element array with full amplitude and phase control at each element
  • Compact package at 105x35x1mm

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