Aalto antenna could improve 5G communications

September 02, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
Researchers from Aalto University in Finland have published a paper giving simulations of the communications via digitally controlled antenna arrays and claim this could provide a boon to mobile communications.

It would do this by replacing multiple frequency-specific antennas for GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and so on with a single antenna system that can support high bandwidths more efficiently.

Such antennas would also make numerous analog components used to tune traditional antennas to the desired frequency obsolete.

"The next step in the development process is under way with the commencement of tests in cooperation with Huawei using fifth generation mobile phone devices," said Professor of Radio Engineering Ville Viikari, in a statement. "We are also developing together with Aalto University researchers digital electronic systems for controlling the antennas."

The article detailing the principles of the method was published in journal IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.

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