While phones have gained considerable “intelligence” since their inception, technology experts say that antenna technology has not kept pace. According to Sofant Technologies, a Scottish firm, short battery life, dropped calls and poor signal quality can all be traced back to inferior antenna.
Not surprisingly, the company has been working on a solution. Although drained batteries and bad service are big problems, Sofant’s answer is microscopic. Revealed at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sofant’s SmartAntenna provides a higher level of connectivity than conventional antennae while consuming 90 percent less energy thus boosting battery life.
According to Sofant, antennae account for 50 percent of power consumption when a device is on standby and even more during calls. New communication protocols such as LTE and 4G just mean even more pressure on existing antennae, which are already struggling to keep up.
Sofant has developed three core technologies to address this data bottleneck: RF MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems), antenna and software. Combined they create the SmartAntenna, a steerable and focused antenna that can lock onto the best signal available at any given time. The company claims this provides a higher level of connectivity than conventional antennae, reduces phone energy consumption by up to 90 percent, and relieves network congestion caused by weak signals and dropped connections.