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August 19, 2015

Gates-backed Kymeta Forms Partnership To Bring Antennas To Market

Originally published August 18, 2015 at 8:00 am Updated August 18, 2015 at 11:06 am Kymeta engineer Jason Vice monitors manufacturing […]

A small Redmond startup that is backed by the big name and deep pockets of Bill Gates announced Tuesday it has signed a major agreement with a manufacturer to get its inventive satellite antenna systems to market.

A small Redmond startup backed by the big name and deep pockets of Bill Gates announced Tuesday it has signed a major agreement with a manufacturer to get its inventive satellite antenna systems to market.

Kymeta will partner with Japan-based Sharp to produce small, lightweight antennas that aim to simplify satellite connections so that more people and devices can easily access broadband Internet. The antennas are made from metamaterials that steer antenna beams without moving mechanical parts, so they can be much smaller and less expensive than current systems.

Kymeta is barely 3 years old. It spun out of Bellevue patent-licensing company Intellectual Ventures in August 2012. But the company’s rapid growth has enabled it to move far along for its young age. It has raised $82 million from investors including Bill Gates, Lux Capital and Liberty Global.

Kymeta is in the alpha phase now to create the Kymeta-branded antennas using a combination of the two companies’ technologies. The beta phase will launch next year, CEO Nathan Kundtz said.

Kymeta already has existing partnerships across several industries, including with Honeywell and Airbus, to get the products to end users.

The antennas could have major implications for mobile Internet connections, Kundtz said. Right now, big dishes must spin around, using a mechanical pointing system that is constantly following the satellite.

“We are replacing that with something that can scan electronically,” Kundtz said. “It’s a completely new type of antenna design. We will be able to point the beam wherever we want to.”

 

Read more at the Seattle Times

About Kymeta

The world’s demand for ubiquitous mobile connectivity is irrefutable. A global, mobile network is the answer to connecting people and places that have never been connected before.

Kymeta is making seamless, always-connected mobile communications possible with a unique hybrid approach that enables satellite and cellular networks to deliver a single, global, mobile network. End-to-end mobile communications are delivered with Kymeta K?LO™ connectivity services, and the world’s first and only electronically-steered, flat-panel satellite terminal that goes places traditional satellite dishes cannot. Backed by U.S. and international patents and licenses, the Kymeta KyWay™ terminal makes high-throughput, mobile communications possible in cars, trains, buses, trucks, boats, and much more.

If it moves, Kymeta keeps it connected.

For more information, visit kymetacorp.com and KALO.net.

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