Posts Tagged ‘Sofant’

New CEO Withers tasked with taking Sofant to the next level

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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Pioneering Scottish smart antenna designer, Sofant Technologies Limited, have appointed David Wither as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) following their announcement earlier this year of over £1.5 million of European funding.

Wither will play a major role in developing and implementing a strategic business plan to take Sofant’s technology to market including forming a number of strategic partnerships. The steerable antenna technology Sofant has developed could potentially double the battery life of mobile devices and greatly reduce energy usage in wireless networks.

With over 20 years’ experience in radio technologies and more than 10 years as CEO, Wither has a strong background in technology sales and business development, including positions in Sarantel Group PLC, RF Micro Devices Inc and Baxter International Inc.

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Sofant secures €2 million of EU funding for smart antenna

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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Pioneering Scottish smart antenna designers, Sofant Technologies Limited, has secured €1.97 million (£1.54 million) of European funding.

The investment, part of the €3 billion Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme will be used to take Sofant’s patented technology to market, potentially doubling the battery life of mobile devices and greatly reduces antenna energy usage.

Sofant has developed three core technologies comprising RF MEMS, antenna and software. This powerful combination will provide a steerable and focussed antenna – SmartAntennaTM – that can lock onto the best signal available at any given time.

This technology will be equipped for the new 60GHz Wi-Fi (WiGig) and 5G, with plans to commence development of the network in Scotland in 2017.
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Sofant Technologies Launch Ultra Low Power Rf Mems Evaluation Kit At Mobile World Congress

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Smart micro antenna company, Sofant Technologies, will launch a new evaluation kit at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month. The kit will allow mobile, RF component and chipset manufacturers to test Sofant’s sixth generation RF MEMS switch, technology that unlocks the true potential of mobile devices.

A key challenge for manufacturers is that antenna technology has not kept pace with the constantly increasing demands of mobile devices.  In a booming global market, mobile and tablet users battle with short battery life and weak connections every day.

Sofant have developed three core technologies to combat this issue.  Together they provide a steerable and focussed miniaturised SmartAntenna that dramatically improves wireless connectivity and doubles the battery life of mobile devices.

This means that smartphones will work as they were intended. Performing to the level manufacturers want, SmartAntenna will end a cycle of weak signals, dropped calls and short battery life for the consumer.

It is the first time miniaturised smart antenna technology has been used in mobile devices. Sofant’s ground-breaking technology has been greeted with intense industry interest following their debut at CES in Las Vegas last month.

The unique RF MEMS switch, based on Sofant’s patented SUMTM technology, is an integral part of SmartAntenna and the AvtoRF  product range.

Ultra low power, high performance and greater reliability, the RF MEMS switch already outperforms the best MEMS components on the market.  It saves battery life and boosts antenna performance by enabling the SmartAntenna solution.

Sofant’s COO, Ahmed El-Rayis, said: “The recent demand for MEMS technology has been driven by smartphones because it increases their functionality. We believe advances in RF MEMS will create the same market effect. Our RF MEMS switch enables a smart antenna that provides superior wireless connectivity and battery life.  It will transform user experience.”

The new evaluation kit comprises a board and two integrated Sofant RF MEMS devices which are connected through a USB cable to a PC, controlled through Sofant’s proprietary software.  The user connects the board to a Network Analyzer through an SMA connector where it monitors the performance of the RF MEMS devices and the effects of capacitance on the RF signals.  The connector can be used with other RF devices to test their performance and tunability with Sofant’s sixth generation RF MEMS.

Ahmed El-Rayis added:  “Smartphone providers such as power amplifier and filters manufacturers will benefit from our MEMS technology, enabling tunability for products which will support next generation wireless devices”

Each of Sofant’s technologies can be licensed together or as a single smart micro antenna system.  The RF MEMS switch evaluation kit will be available to mobile, RF component and chipset manufacturers.

Sofant In The News

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Based in Scotland, Sofant is a fabless antenna and RF solutions provider designing and licensing smart antenna technologies for leading manufacturers of smart phones and tablets.  The company specialises in highly compact, reliable, low power and innovative antenna and RF micro-electro-mechanical systems (RF-MEMS) solutions.

 

Smart antenna specialists Sofant appoint new CEO, CIE, 18 July 2016

Growth funding for tech companies, Invest Edinburgh, July- October 2016

Trading places, The Herald, 11 July 2016

Sofant signals intent for growth, The Herald, 11 July 2016

Movers and Shakers, Business Quarterly, 28 June 2016

New chief executive for smart antennas firm Sofant, Headline News, 27 June 2016

Smart antenna specialists Sofant appoint new CEO, SBNN, 27 June 2016

Sofant Technologies CEO, Compute Scotland, 27 June 2016

Smart antenna firm Sofant Appoints CEO, Telecompaper, 27 June 2016

With to take Sofant technology to market, Daily Business, 27 June 2016

Antenna business hires CEO, The Scotsman, 27 June 2016

New chief exec for smart antennas firm Sofant, The Scotsman, 27 June 2016

New chief executive for smart antennas firm Sofant, Brief Report, 27 June 2016

New CEO Withers tasked with taking Sofant to the next level, The National, 25 June 2016

New CEO Withers tasked with taking Sofant to the next level, The National, 24 June 2016


Mobile antenna start-up Sofant swings €2 Million from Horizon 2020
, Start-up.co.uk, 29 April 2016

UK-based smart antenna, Sofant Technologies, raises $2m, Closing Circle, 29 April 2016

Sofant Technologies secures €2 million to develop smart antenna, Invest Edinburgh, 28 April 2016

Edinburgh ‘smart antenna’ firm wins EU funding, Marketing Edinburgh, 28 April 2016

Smart antenna firm gets £1.5 million to double smartphone battery life by 2018, Tech Week Europe, 28 April 2016

Edinburgh spinout secures £1.54m investment, Business Funding, 28 April 2016

Smart antenna firm Sofant secures EUR 1.97 mln funding, Telecompaper.com, 28 April 2016

Sofant lands £1.5m Europe funding coup, The Herald, 28 April 2016

Edinburgh tech spin-out gets good reception for smartphone aerials, The Scotsman, 28 April 2016

Euro funding for tech firm, Edinburgh Evening News, 28 April 2016

Strong signal for Sofant, The Times, 28 April 2016

Sofant Secures $2 Million EU Funding for Smart Antenna, Yahoo Finance, 28 April 2016

Sofant Technologies Secures over $2.2M in Funding, Fintechlab, 27 April 2016


Edinburgh company wins funding as it aims to make technology available to Apple and Samsung
, Herald Online, 27 April 2016

Funding for firm’s battery life technology, Daily Business, 27 April 2016

Sofant Technologies secures over $2.2M in funding, FINSMEs, 27 April 2016


Sofant secures £1.54 million of EU funding for smart antenna
, SBNN, 27 April 2016

Sofant Secures $2 Million EU Funding for Smart Antenna, Business Wire, 27 April 2016

Sofant Secures $2 Million EU Funding for Smart Antenna, ACQ5, 27 April 2016


Sofant gives off all the right signals
, BQ Live, 27 April 2016

Smart antennas firm lands €2m to target handset giants, Scotsman Online, 27 April 2016

Mobile antenna developer Sofant secures £1.5m EU funding, Daily Record, 27 April 2016

Smart antenna’ firm Sofant Technologies wins EU finding, BBC Online, 27 April 2016

Smart antenna’ firm Sofant Technologies wins EU finding, SBI, 27 April 2016

Smart antenna’ firm Sofant Technologies wins EU finding, Compute Scotland, 27 April 2016

University of Edinburgh Spin-out Sofant Technologies wins £1.54m in funding, Tech City News, 27 April 2016

Entrepreneurism in Scotland, Reporting Scotland, 26 April 2016

Your Week in Tech, Tech City News, 29 April 2016

Sofant secures €2 million of EU funding, Young Finance Company, May 2016

Funding for energy-smart mobile antenna, The Scotsman, 30 Oct 2013

Sofant’s smart antenna device could save operators “tens of millions”, Mobile Europe, 29 Oct 2013

Smart antenna business Sofant Technologies dials up investment, Growth Business, 28 Oct 2013

Funding for energy-smart mobile antenna, TMC, 27 Oct 2013

Peak Battery: Why Smartphone Battery Life Still Stinks, and Will for Years, , Time Tech, 01 April 2013

Sofant’s Tiny Antenna Could Double Battery Life For Smart Devices, energy korea, 23 january 2013

Improved antenna should improve battery life, Batteryheads, 11 january 2013

Sofant asserts smart antenna breakthrough, telecomasia, 9 january 2013

Miniature Sofant SmartAntenna Could Double Battery Life of Smartphones, inhabitat, 9 january 2013

Sofant smart antenna technology promises to double battery life of smart devices, intomobile, 9 january 2013

Sofant Smart Antenna Technology to Double Battery Life of Smart Devices, Hardware zone, 8 january 2013.

UK start-up’s smart antenna doubles smartphone battery life, IDG, 8 January 2013.

Sofant Smart Antenna Technology Doubles Battery Life of Smart Devices, PR web, 7 January 2013

Sofant Smart Antenna Technology Doubles Battery Life of Smart Device, virtual strategy magazine, 7 january 2013

Sofant Smart Antenna could double battery life, easy network congestion, Engadget, 7 January 2013

CES 2013: UK start-up’s smart antenna doubles smartphone battery life, Techworld, 7 January 2013.

Gadgetsteria, CES 2013: New Miniaturised Smart Antenna will Allegedly Double Battery Life of Smart Devices, Gadgetsteria, 7 January 2013.

Sofant Smart Antenna Technology Doubles Battery Life of Smart Devices, Digital Journal, 7 January 2013.
Is that a truncheon in your trousers, officer, or … an antenna, you say?, The Register, 15 November 2012.

Sofant to develop satellite tracking, Scotsman.com, 14 November, 2012.

EU to develop a smart antenna that will work as a ‘human black box’, British APCO Journal, 14 November 2012.

Sofant’s miniature ‘smart antenna’ promises to end dropped calls, Bloomberg, 8 October 2012.

Scottish brainiacs erect wee super antenna, The Register, 5 October 2012.

Behold the world’s smallest smartphone antenna, Phone Arena, 5 October 2012.

Edinburgh firm develops miniature antenna to boost mobile reception, TechWorld, 4 October 2012.

Scottish scientists develop ‘world’s smallest smart antenna’, Wall Street Journal, 4 October 2012.

Scottish scientists develop world’s smallest antenna, TechWeekEurope, 3 October 2012.

Edinburgh technology firm unveils new ‘smart antenna’, BBC News, 3 October 2012.

World’s Smallest Smart Antenna To Revolutionise Smart Phone Performance

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Edinburgh-based Sofant Technologies has unveiled revolutionary miniature antenna technology that is predicted to transform the performance of smart phones and tablet PCs, making poor reception, dropped calls and short battery life things of the past.

Following seven years research and development at The University of Edinburgh, Sofant aims to license its designs to global smart phone manufacturers and is projecting a turnover of over £10m in year five.  The smart phone market is now larger than the PC market with an estimated five billion units to be manufactured over the next five years, 40 new phones every second.

Sergio Tansini, CEO of Sofant, explains: “Antenna design has not kept pace with the rapid evolution of smart phone technology. New communication protocols, such as LTE and 4G, mean more pressure than ever on existing antenna technology, further impacting smart phone performance and user experience. Smart phone and tablet users expect to be able to make and take phone calls while browsing the web, send texts while downloading emails and stream data while uploading videos to YouTube.

“The reality is that, until now, the antenna has acted as a bottleneck to performance in mobile devices. As a result, every new generation of smart phone performs less well than its predecessor, resulting in dropped calls, lost signals, weak connections, slow internet and battery drain.  Sofant’s high performance miniaturised steerable antenna will change the performance and user experience of smart phones forever.”

Sofant has integrated three core technologies to create the world’s smallest smart antenna. The family of two designs comprise the tunable RF MEMS modules and Sofant Intelligent Software.  The technologies can be licensed individually or as a single smart micro antenna system. The company has already licensed an early technology demonstrator to a large OEM and attracted considerable interest from many leading manufacturers.

Sofant has received funding and support from Scottish Enterprise, helping to build the strength of the commercialisation team from day one. Scottish Enterprise’s Proof of Concept Programme enabled it recruit a strong advisory board, analyse the market and develop a prototype.

Eleanor Mitchell, Director of Commercialisation, Scottish Enterprise, says: “Scottish Enterprise has worked closely with Sofant to help build a strong commercial proposition and the company has already attracted commitment from industry veterans to take the technology to market. Smart antenna technology presents some very exciting opportunities for Sofant and Scottish Enterprise’s commercialisation team is actively helping the company raise the funds needed to turn these opportunities into realities. We look forward to continuing to work with Sofant in the future to help achieve its ambitious growth plans both in Scotland and on a global scale.”

The spinout of Sofant has been supported by Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI), the commercialisation arm of the University of Edinburgh.  As a shareholder in Sofant, following its spin out, the university will continue to provide valuable support as the company moves into a commercialisation phase.

For more information contact Sarah Lee.


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