Internationally recognised siblings, leaders and innovators, Maryam and Reza Rofougaran introduce innovative approach to RF and antenna design, announce new company
Movandi, a venture-backed startup with a mission to revolutionise millimetre wave networks, has announced BeamX technology, a scalable RF front end system solution. The superior performance of Movandi’s RFIC, phased array antenna, and beamforming techniques enable the next generation of 5G and multi-gigabit connectivity that is driving new applications. The company will be demonstrating Movandi’s innovative technology at MWC Americas in San Francisco, September 12-14.
Movandi’s BeamX front-end integrates RF, antenna, beamforming, and control algorithms into a modular 5G millimetre wave solution targeted for Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), small cell, and base station applications. Movandi’s technology is configurable to support different baseband/modem SoC solutions and is uniquely positioned to become the complete RF and antenna system, from baseband interface to antenna, for new applications in 5G, indoor gigabit access, the last mile, and satellite networks.
“With 5G trials underway and quickly approaching, the industry is searching for innovative radio solutions that effectively utilise the high frequency spectrum, millimetre wave networks,” said Maryam Rofougaran, Co-CEO and COO, Movandi. “I could not be prouder of our astounding innovation and engineering execution tapping our world-class experts in radio, antenna, and beamforming design. We started the company one year ago, and today we are demonstrating our technology for the next wireless revolution of multi-gigabit connectivity.”
“At Movandi, we have taken a unique approach in the industry, going far beyond the role of a traditional fabless semiconductor company, innovating from the device level to the system level and relentlessly challenging old assumptions,” said Reza Rofougaran, CTO and Co-CEO, Movandi. “Our proprietary solution is designed as a complete system combining the entire RF front-end and antenna versus today’s solutions that are simply a mix and match of individual components. We believe this approach will lead the industry while enabling a significant time to market performance and power consumption advantages over similar competing products.”
Developing high frequency networks operating in the millimetre wave band present unique technical challenges versus traditional connectivity and cellular systems. First, higher frequencies have greater transmission losses caused by distance, blockage, and non-line-of-sight conditions, depending on the environment and the application. To achieve longer range, beamforming antennas are often required, adding to system complexity. Solving these challenges will unlock the huge potential offered by much greater bandwidth, spatial reuse, and frequency reuse, which support much higher performance systems in the same regions.
“The implementation of 5G mm-wave radios will require high levels of integration between the antenna and the radio,” said Joe Madden, principal analyst, Mobile Experts LLC. “The industry is looking for innovative solutions that combine high-efficiency amplifiers with a steerable array of antennas, packaged in a cost-effective way. We believe that the best approach is for a single supplier to optimise the entire integrated antenna radio unit as a module, instead of separate suppliers for each RF component. This is a long-term market opportunity with potential to grow into the billions of dollars.”
Movandi revolutionises millimetre wave networks
The BeamX 28 and 39 GHz solutions combine a modular architecture, power efficient designs, phased arrays, and beamforming techniques to provide unmatched performance, cost and size advantages that unlock the potential of 5G and other multi-gigabit networks.
- Modular and scalable system architecture
- Integrated cost effective and high efficiency design
- Low cost manufacturing
- Extended range and reliability
- Radical improvements versus traditional millimetre RF and antenna solutions
- Performance: multi-gigabit, low latency wireless
- Range: extended range over existing designs
- Cost: modular approach enables optimisation for specific applications
- Size: reduced footprint to support link
- Power consumption: optimised power consumption