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Kymeta agrees SHARP deal for flat antenna manufacturing

The Kymeta mTenna satellite antenna The Kymeta mTenna satellite antenna

Flat panel antenna company Kymeta and Japanese consumer electronics giant SHARP have announced a development agreement to design products for the mobile satellite communications market.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Under the agreement, SHARP will use its liquid crystal display production technology to manufacture Kymeta’s new flat-panel satellite antenna. Kymeta antennas use liquid crystal-based metamaterials to create antennas that use software to electronically point and steer towards a satellite, eliminating the need for mechanical steering equipment.

Based on the company’s mTenna technology, this range of antennas uses a glass-on-glass design concept that includes many of the same components and manufacturing processes as SHARP’s existing flat-panel display production lines.

This means that SHARP can manufacture the Kymeta antennas using its existing production capabilities and, with little or no modification, produce electronically scanned antennas for mobile satellite communications.

“Three years of intensive collaboration with SHARP have led us to a product design that can be manufactured utilising SHARP’s existing production capabilities. This is an important moment for Kymeta,” said Dr Nathan Kundtz, CEO of Kymeta.

“By using a production technology that is already widely deployed in consumer devices, with over $250 billion of industry-wide investment in infrastructure and R&D, we will be able to mass-produce antennas on a scale previously unattainable.”

“Sharp is an excellent partner for Kymeta because of its history and culture of innovation and releasing excellent products.”{/mprestriction} 

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