Dropped calls and poor reception in mobile handsets can be cured with micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) chips to be designed by Infineon and WiSpry for Molex smart antennas. Look for bullet proof reception in mobile handsets that burn a fraction of the power required for cell phones today within two years. R.C.J.
WiSpry's radio frequency (RF) micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) switch enables arrays of capacitors to be dynamically inserted into circuits to tune the smart antenna in real time.
Fabless RF chip supplier WiSpry Inc. has been chosen to supply a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) process for tunable RF front ends that Infineon AG will cast into chips sets that work with smart antennas designed by Molex and Denmark's Aalborg University as part of the $8 million Smart Antenna Front End (SAFE) project. SAFE will combine Infineon's chip-making know-how with WiSpry's MEMS-RF technology to dynamically tune Molex's smart antennas. The consortium hopes to alleviate today's problems with poor reception, dropped calls and high power consumption associated with poor antenna designs, resulting in an SoC for smaller, lower power, longer battery lived handsets, according to the companies.
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