[Gta04-owner] New antenna for 4G/3G/GSM

Benjamin Deering ben_deering at swissmail.org
Tue Oct 9 23:26:42 CEST 2012

On 10/09/2012 03:06 PM, Flemming Richter Mikkelsen wrote:
> On Oct 9, 2012 4:26 PM, "Bob Ham"<rah at settrans.net>  wrote:
>> On Tue, 9 Oct 2012 15:58:13 +0200, Flemming Richter Mikkelsen
>> <quatrox at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> On Oct 9, 2012 1:22 PM, "Bob Ham"<rah at settrans.net>  wrote:
>>>> On Tue, 9 Oct 2012 08:45:36 +0200, "Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller"
>> <hns at goldelico.com>  wrote:
>>>>>> I found the following article (in Dutch, but perhaps an English
>>>>>> version can be found from its source) about a new antenna that's
>> been
>>>>>> developed for new mobile communication:
>>>>> Here is the english press release:
>>>>>        <http://www.sofant.com/news2012100301.php>
>>>>> Let's keep an eye on it for future GTA0x devices!
>>>> Fascinating technology but these lines doused my excitement somewhat:
>>>> "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."
>>>> It looks like the antenna requires proprietary software :-/
>>> Or maybe they mean license for manufacturing the antennas.
>> "Sofant realises smart and software driven antenna and RF solutions for
>> mobile devices. The technology allows the antenna to be miniaturized as
>> well as being intelligent through the power of Sofant Intelligent Software
>> (SISTM), SGATM antenna designs, SUMTM switches and proprietary
> algorithms."
>> -- http://www.sofant.com/tech.php
>> "software driven antenna" and "proprietary algorithms" :-/
> Sorry.  I didn't read proper before I replied.
> Now the only question is whether or not the software can be looked at as
> firmware.  But since the antenna is so small, I doubt it.
It seems likely that the antenna control software would be run on the 
radio module and we are not likely to find an open radio module any time 

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