Antenna Technologies for IoT Applications:
Startup Ecosystem Analysis

November 2019 | 100-105 pages

This report presents insights on the emerging antenna technology by startups

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What’s included:

Unique techniques gradually becoming mainstream in the antenna startup ecosystem, in order to to comply with the existing and upcoming standards in the field

Reasons for miniaturization, performance enhancement, and cost effectiveness of antenna solutions

Miniaturization, MIMO, and different beam-forming techniques to create software-defined antennas based on chips, mmWave technology, and photonics, being especially used by startups

Emergence of metamaterial antenna structures

Development of 5G-connective infrastructure

Overall development of next-generation antenna by leveraging AI techniques, MEMS solutions, optical technology, and 3D printing

Top organizations to have used this report include Notch Technologies, Arralis, Kymeta Corporation, TMYTEK, uBeam, Blickfeld, and RoboSense


Recent advances in wireless communication and the rapid spread of IoT devices are fueling the adoption of smart antennas and are transforming deployment of intelligent systems across connected systems. Innovative beam-forming techniques, selection of frequency bands for antenna operations, and the underlining design requirements are forming the basis for choosing suitable antennas for various IoT use cases.

This report is a global study on the state of antenna technologies, seen from the perspective of the innovators and disruptors – companies that are redefining the IoT ecosystem. It covers the challenges faced by traditional antenna technologies, drivers of innovative solutions, antenna advancements, and the impact of these innovations on IoT applications. The report further describes how the startups are improvising on antenna performance for finding suitable solutions for the current challenges.

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1. Introduction

2. Startup Ecosystem

  • Ranking of Prominent Startups
  • Geographical Distribution of Startups
  • Funding Graph
  • Category 1: Startups Providing Metamaterial-based Antennas
    • Kymeta Corporation
    • Pivotal Commware
    • Other Startups Focusing on Metamaterial Antennas
  • Category 2: Startups Providing Chip Antennas in IoT Domain
    • SatixFy
    • Fractus Antennas
  • Category 3: Startups Providing mmWave/5G Antenna Technologies
    • Movandi
    • RF DSP
    • Other Startups
  • Category 4: Startups Focusing on Optical Antennas
    • Analog Photonics
    • Isotropic Systems, Inc.
    • Other Startups
  • Category 5: Startups Using AI Techniques in Antenna Technologies
    • Cellwize
    • Metawave Corporation
  • Category 6: Startups Focusing on Beamforming for Wireless Power Transfer for IoT Applications
    • Energous Corporation
    • uBeam, Inc.
  • Category 7: Startups Developing 3D-printed Antennas
    • Lunewave
    • Other Startups
  • Category 8: MEMS for LiDAR-based Antenna Beamsteering
    • Enabling Technologies for Antenna Development

3. Enabling Technologies for Antenna Development

4. Recommendations

  • For the Telecommunications Industry
  • For Chemical and Performance Material Industries
  • For the Satellite Industry
  • For the Automotive Companies
  • IoT Device Manufacturers
  • Software Platform Providers

5. Concluding Remarks

6. Acronyms

7. References

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Onam Prasad

Onam holds a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago with specialization in telecommunications. At the University of Illinois her course of study covered subjects including wireless communications, RF systems, semiconductors, networking, digital communication, etc. She was also a member of Society of Women Engineers and attended many conferences and sessions related to initiatives by women technologists and awareness of technology across diversity.

Onam has research expertise in topics related to IoT, 5G connectivity solutions, autonomous systems, RF devices, semiconductor fabrication, telecommunication equipment, ICs and Chipsets, etc. She works on custom research projects and provides technology consulting and advisory to clients on a range of aspects including creation of strategic partnerships, development and adoption of innovative or disruptive technologies, R&D and product roadmap creation, etc. by leveraging robust research approaches and methodologies that combine competitive intelligence, patent landscape, M&A, trend analysis and other important parameters. The combination of her education, expertise and professional experiences makes her one of Netscribes lead analysts in the electronics, telecom and semiconductors domains.

Faizal Shaikh

Faizal has been associated with Netscribes’ Innovation Research team since the last 3 years. He has worked on emerging technology domains including IoT connectivity solutions and management, sensing/antenna technologies for autonomous vehicles and connected cars, 5G technology trends, hardware security solutions, RF front-end for portable devices, advanced semiconductor chipsets, futuristic display technologies, etc.

His areas of interest include semiconductor fabrication and processing, networking and 5G related studies, telecommunications, display technologies, user interfaces, sensors and robotics among others. He has been actively involved in technology assessment/consulting, competitor analysis and benchmarking, and technology roadmap studies that require complete understanding of the ecosystem.

Faizal graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with specialization in Electronics and Telecommunications from Mumbai University.

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