Light Reading
7:05 AM A potentially significant smartphone design is just one of the winners of a contest to discover the best startups in the UK

Boffins Got Talent

Michelle Donegan
Wireless Bits
Michelle Donegan
11/23/2012
50%
50%

7:05 AM -- Smartphone design may never be the same again if a technology developed at a British university lives up to its inventors' claims.

That's what I find myself thinking after hearing the pitch from a startup called Smart Antenna Technologies (SAT) at the Discovering Start-Ups 2012 competition in London this week.

That was just one of the exciting prospects from this heartening event, where 20 different companies from across the U.K. pitched their inventions and business ideas. The panel of judges were from various investors and companies, including Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), Orange (NYSE: FTE), Silicon Valley Bank and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), and they chose five winners from the 20 finalists.

Smart Antenna Technologies was one of the winners. It's such an early-stage startup that it hasn't yet been spun out from the University of Birmingham (that move is planned for the first quarter of next year).

Here's the pitch: The company says it has developed a smartphone antenna design whereby one antenna can replace all the different antennas that devices require today, and it has 14 patents and two more on the way for its technology. SAT says its design supports frequency bands from 450MHz to 6GHz; supports multiple technologies, including 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS; extends the phone's battery life; is low cost; and takes up about 75 percent less space than current smartphone antenna designs.

It sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? But if it works, I think this could be a significant development for smartphone makers because it would save them money as well as space on the devices while also improving functionality and efficiency.

SAT was just one of many new companies with compelling technology stories at the contest. Here's a snapshot of the other four winners:

  • Anvil Semiconductors has patented technology to develop silicon carbide power semiconductor devices for the same price as silicon technology.
  • D-RisQ provides automation software that reduces development costs of complex systems, such as industrial machinery or military aircraft.
  • Skin Analytics has a smartphone app that tracks changes in moles to help detect melanoma skin cancer.
  • TopicLogic has a Web service for businesses that helps them manage and share digital files.


It was fascinating to see so much creativity and innovation in one place. And even though many of these startups still face the task of convincing investors to back them, it's exciting to think that any of them could kick off the next big thing in wireless and telecom.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Independent35
50%
50%
Independent35,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:17:09 PM
re: Boffins Got Talent
Great to see innovative ideas getting exposure here. I think the issues TopicLogic are working on are tapping into a critical area in a cloud-based world: how do we move beyond cloud as a storage option to cloud as an integral part of how we access our own, unstructured information? Digitisation of everything is just the beginning; smarter accessing of knowledge bases will open up a gap between the simply fast and the truly smart. Lots of potential here...
Independent35
50%
50%
Independent35,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:17:09 PM
re: Boffins Got Talent
Michelle, can you fix th hyperlinks to the companies referenced in the story?
Michelle Donegan
50%
50%
Michelle Donegan,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:17:07 PM
re: Boffins Got Talent


Sorry about that. The hyperlinks are fixed now and you can get to the company websites for D-RisQ, Skin Analytics and TopicLogic...

More Blogs from Wireless Bits
Undercuts Huawei and ZTE in China Mobile 4G tender
CTO says vendor is seeking insight and inspiration from developer competitions
After a few months away, Sarah Reedy is back on the Light Reading team
Four new focus areas for NGMN Alliance highlight the key challenges facing mobile network operators in 2013
9:00 AM Smartphones have bigger mobile data appetites than tablets in Europe
Flash Poll
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Sales Director of INIT on Plug & Play Switch Devices

9|19|14   |   3:21   |   (0) comments


INIT Italy uses both the Huawei S5700 and S7700 series switches for the campus LAN environment. Sales Director Andrea Curti says their company chose these Huawei devices over others because of their performance, flexible scalability and plug-and-play features.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Saudi Arabia Upgrades Vocational Training System

9|19|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has 100,000 students, 150 government-owned institutions and oversees 1000 private institutes. The CIO of TVTC explains that Huawei devices have allowed them to manage multiple datacenters using just one software program, scientifically tracking the progress of students and teachers, saving them millions.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Media Solutions Are Here to Stay

9|19|14   |   4:35   |   (0) comments


The current media revolution requires rapid upgrades in technology. New formats (HD, 3D, 4K etc.) and the subsequent explosion of file sizes demand sophisticated network and storage architecture. Social media and the multiple distribution channels require a robust asset management system. Gartner analyst Venecia Liu speaks about the current technological trends in ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Microgenesis on Huawei's Switches

9|19|14   |   3:57   |   (0) comments


Microgenesis is a solutions and system integrator company in the Philippines whose areas of expertise include data centers, networking and security products. In this video, Executive Director Jeffrey Choa talks to us about his customers needs and they benefit from using Huawei switches.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Network Solutions Help the Philippines Jump Ahead

9|17|14   |   2:59   |   (0) comments


In the past, the Philippines has under-invested in technology. Now, the CEO of Softshell talks about how Huawei products help the Philippines jump ahead as the economy improves.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
VCS Observation for Safer Cities in the Netherlands

9|17|14   |   5:20   |   (0) comments


Holland's VCS Observation has been operating for 22 years. Its main goal is to get cities safer. CEO Wim van Deijzen tells us some of the challenges his company faces and how Huawei is helping to overcome these challenges.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
A Conversation With Serbia's Ministry of Interior

9|17|14   |   4:38   |   (0) comments


At HCC 2014, the Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia talks to us about his projects and corporation with Huawei. Solutions like Safe City and E-Government and services like cloud computing are just some of the areas his department is interested in.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
IHS Analyst Discusses eLTE at CCW 2014

9|10|14   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Thomas Lynch, associate director of critical communications at IHS Technology, talks about broadband in critical communications.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
TCAA on Huawei eLTE: A Broadband Solution for Mission-Critical Communications

9|10|14   |   2:29   |   (0) comments


At CCW2014 in Singapore, the TCCA's Phil Kidner talks about the importance of broadband data for critical communications.
LRTV Custom TV
Spotlight on Cisco: SDN for Optical Networks

9|8|14   |   9:27   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Greg Nehib talks OpenFlow and more on the 'Software-Defined Networking for Optical Networks' panel at the Big Telecom Event in June 2014.
LRTV Custom TV
Cisco's Evolved Programmable Network (EPN)

9|8|14   |   4:05   |   (0) comments


A look at the various demos Cisco showed at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event highlighting Cisco's EPN innovation and how SDN and NFV technologies are enabling a variety of new services.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Future of Ultra-Broadband, With Kevin Kelly (UBBF2014)

9|5|14   |   1:13   |   (1) comment


If you think the technological changes we've seen up to now are astounding, just wait until you see what the future has in store. Discuss upcoming breakthroughs with Kevin Kelly, Founding Executive Editor of Wired Magazine, at the Huawei Ultra-Broadband Forum on September 24.
Upcoming Live Events
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Mosaik Solutions presents its 2014 maps of the wireless world in the US, including cable WiFi deployments, LTE network expansion and 600MHz auction boundaries.
Today's Cartoon
Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
Latest Comment
Hot Topics
Photos: Qualcomm Takes Over San Francisco
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/19/2014
Exclusive: Microwave Maven Exalt Is Cooked
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/22/2014
NFV & The Data Center: Top 10 Takeaways
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/18/2014
EMC Mulls Merger With HP or Dell – Reports
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 9/22/2014
Gigabit Nets Boost GDP, Says FTTH Council
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 9/23/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed