Recent advances in wireless communication and the rapid spread of IoT devices is fueling the adoption of smart antenna technologies and transforming deployment of intelligent systems across connected ecosystems. Innovative beamforming techniques, selection of frequency bands for antenna operations, and the underlining design requirements are forming the basis for choosing suitable antennas for various IoT use cases. This report is a global study on the state of antenna technologies, seen from the perspective of the innovators and disruptors - companies that are redefining the IoT ecosystem. The Startup Ecosystem We cover the challenges faced by traditional antenna technologies, drivers of innovative solutions, need for antenna advancements, and the impact of these innovations on IoT applications. The report further describes how the startups are improvising on antenna performance for finding suitable solutions for the current challenges. The ambit of the report covers more than 35 companies globally - firms that are deeply involved in developing disrupting techniques and strategies for antennas. Over 10 prominent companies such as Kymeta, Pivotal, and Energous have been profiled in-detail based on their technologies, offerings, patenting activities, and outlook. We have ranked these companies on a scale of three, based on a metric that included parameters such as company maturity, product commercialization stage, patent filings, investors, awards, and funding received. Apart from the core antenna technology categories, startups driving innovations and trends in the MEMS-based antenna space and those offering design and testing services for antennas have also been covered here. Companies mentioned in this Report 1. Kymeta Corporation 2. Pivotal Commware 3. Notch Technologies 4. ALCAN Systems 5. Arralis 6. Adant Technologies 7. SatixFy 8. Fractus Antennas 9. Movandi 10. RF DSP 11. C&T RF Antennas Inc 12. TMYTEK 13. Tubis Technology 14. Analog Photonics 15. Isotropic Systems 16. Quanergy 17. Cellwize 18. Metawave Corporation 19. Energous Corporation 20. uBeam 21. Lunewave, Inc. 22. Optisys 23. Blickfeld 24. ZhiSensor 25. RoboSense 26. LeiShen Intelligent System Co. 27. Innoviz Technologies 28. AEye 29. Field Theory 30. BluFlux 31. BWant 32. MilliLabs 33. Radientum 34. Kumu Networks 35. Parallel Wireless 36. GenXComm 37. Uhnder 38. Resonant Key Insights - The antenna startup ecosystem has adopted unique techniques to comply with the existing and upcoming standards in the space. - Startups are honing their knowledge of miniaturization, efficient functioning, MIMO, and different beamforming techniques to create software-defined antennas based on chips, metamaterials, mmWave technology, and photonics. - A majority of the companies are focusing on innovating antenna structures based out of metamaterials. - The companies are working to build antennas supporting 5G network infrastructure with smaller form factors by leveraging AI techniques, MEMS solutions, optical technology, and 3D printing to optimise the overall development of next generation antenna. - Companies entering the antenna market space are adhering to the requirements of upcoming communication infrastructure. - On the move communication applications are driving the need to reduce the size, enhance performance, and decrease the cost of antenna solutions. Key Questions Addressed in this Report - What are the challenges faced by the traditional antenna technologies in the IoT domain? - What are the advantages of the innovative antenna technologies over the traditional antenna systems? - What are the key trends related to the adoption of different antenna techniques? - How are the emergent antenna technologies driving the development of IoT and upcoming 5G ecosystem? - What are the different antenna technologies that have gained traction in the market? - What are the target industries and application areas for the new companies operating in the antenna technology space? - What are the technology segregations, product descriptions, and roadmaps of the startups taking part in the growth of the antenna landscape? - How are the companies changing their business models to strengthen their position in the wireless communications domain? - Who are the enablers of antenna technologies in the IoT ecosystem? - What are the potential collaboration opportunities for different industry segments to leverage antenna solutions for their businesses?
Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Startup Ecosystem - Ranking of Prominent Startups - Geographical Distribution of Startups - Funding Graph Category 1: Startups Providing Metamaterial-based Antennas -- Kymeta Corporation -- Pivotal Commware -- Other Startups Focusing on Metamaterial Antennas Category 2: Startups Providing Chip Antennas in IoT Domain -- SatixFy -- Fractus Antennas Category 3: Startups Providing mmWave/5G Antenna Technologies -- Movandi -- RF DSP -- Other Startups Category 4: Startups Focusing on Optical Antennas -- Analog Photonics -- Isotropic Systems Inc -- Other Startups Category 5: Startups Using AI Techniques in Antenna Technologies -- Cellwize -- Metawave Corporation Category 6: Startups Focusing on Beamforming for Wireless Power Transfer for IoT Applications -- Energous Corporation -- uBeam Inc Category 7: Startups Developing 3D-printed Antennas -- Lunewave -- Other Startups Category 8: MEMS for LiDAR-based Antenna Beamsteering - Enabling Technologies for Antenna Development 3. Enabling Technologies for Antenna Development 4. Recommendations - For the Telecommunications Industry - For Chemical and Performance Material Industries - For the Satellite Industry - For the Automotive Companies - IoT Device Manufacturers - Software Platform Providers 5. Concluding Remarks 6. Acronyms 7. References
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