Lynwave partners with Adant to co-develop an economical Wi-Fi 6 smart antenna
The use of smart antenna technology is an effective way to reduce interference, boost system capacity, increase data rate and optimize link quality of wireless communication devices. However, despite years of development, Wi-Fi routers today still largely come with traditional antennas, as the market lacks smart antenna solutions that are both technologically and economically feasible.
Leveraging their complementing capabilities, two smart antenna technology developers, Lynwave and Adant, entered into a partnership and jointly built a low-cost, high-speed and high-reliability Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) smart antenna solution – sMART-2 for network communication equipment and Wi-Fi device suppliers.
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Two leaders join forces to reduce costs
According to Lynwave general manager San-Yuan Wu, smart antennas have the advantage of enabling signals to make turns and therefore follow the target while steering clear of noises to avoid interference from wireless signals of the same frequency, thereby maintaining exceptionally stable throughput.
“System integrators are all well aware of smart antennas’ advantage but just do not have access to solutions at reasonable costs,” noted Wu. Due to the tremendous R&D resources required, very few firms are capable of developing smart antennas and the solutions they are finally able to offer are generally too costly for system integrators to afford.
Lynwave has robust R&D strength in antenna hardware to find the optimal place to position an antenna and the most suitable type of antenna for a specific application. Cultivating the Taiwan market for more than a decade, Lynwave also has built up a strong technical and sales workforce as well as a large client base, giving it considerable advantages in channel operations and allowing it to provide comprehensive after-sales support to local customers. Taiwan-based system integrators will therefore have confidence in sMART-2, offered by Lynwave. Adant, on the other hand, has not only incorporated software into the router processor to enable control capabilities but also designed a miniature controller IC. This R&D achievement leads to a significant reduction in system BOM cost as it allows smart antenna systems to eliminate the bulky antenna module and only need the antenna cell. By joining forces, the two leaders offer the best-performing and most cost-effective smart antenna solution, which can fill a long-existing market gap.
The use of smart antennas will give vendors an edge when competing for opportunities of bundle sales with telecom services
With the second-generation smart antenna sMART-2, the cost of a Wi-Fi system will increase no more than 5%, including software licensing. This is much more affordable and acceptable to system integrators, since using the first-generation smart antenna will add 10% to 20% to the cost.
The market of bundle sales with telecom services holds abundant opportunities for electronics brands and even OEMs of both enterprise-level and retail devices. The use of sMART-2, featuring optimal cost benefits and Wi-Fi 6 support, will give vendors a competitive edge, helping them tap into more business opportunities.
As each product may target a different application and use Wi-Fi boards of varying sizes and router processors of varying models and specs, every antenna along with the software requires a high level of customization and the development cycle may take six months to a year. Lynwave and Adant are prepared to commit tremendous R&D resources to help customers. Wu hopes the partnership with Adant will bring more Wi-Fi devices built in with smart antennas on the market, benefiting end users with optimal wireless communication experience at faster speeds and with wider coverage.