Smart Antenna Team recognised for pioneering compact antenna design

Posted on Tuesday 27th November 2012

A team from the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Birmingham recently celebrated a win at the finals of the national Discovering Start-Ups competition (21st November).

Calling themselves Smart Antenna Technology, or SAT,  and pitching a to a panel of some 20 judges, including senior executives from Broadcom, Vodafone Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Google, Orange, TTP Ventures, Cambridge Business Angels and Silicon Valley Bank the team were praised for their leap forward in compact antenna design.

Behind this aspiring new start-up opportunity are SAT team founders, Professor Peter Hall, Dr. Peter Gardner, and Dr Zhen Hua Sampson Hu. Together they have  developed a unique compact antenna which has a very low production cost and assumes the role of all existing and anticipated antennas required for current and next generation mobile devices. Originating from work funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the concept has been refined and commercial proof of concept work undertaken following the further support of EPSRC (through both its Pathways to Impact grant and Institutional Sponsorship Fund) and the University of Birmingham through its Enterprising Birmingham Fund. Rick Hillum, the CEO Designate, an individual with over 25 years experience in the wireless and communications sector including CEO roles with Software Radio Technologies and Securicor Wireless Technologies, has been engaged to assist the University on the commercial proof of concept project. Rick led the presentation at the Discovering Start-Ups event.

David Coleman, Head of Spinout Portfolio at the University of Birmingham said, “We’re extremely proud of the teams achievements to date . This is a great concept, which has the potential not only to save the mobile industry significant costs, but also to free up space in handsets to enable greater functionality for the user”.

As well as prestigious Discovering Start-Ups trophies, SAT were presented with £500 cash prize sponsored by Qualcomm Ventures and a free delegate ticket to Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona provided by UKTI, along with the opportunity to present at the Future of Wireless International Conference next July organised by Cambridge Wireless and a year’s free membership to SETsquared - a total value of around £5,500.

For a further information about the competition please visit: cambridge wireless

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