Metamaterials: A New Approach

From Theory to MarketPlace

Every great discovery starts with curious people asking questions and looking for answers. Kymeta’s technology is based upon scientific discoveries in the field of metamaterials and has been harnessed into a world class flat panel antenna.

When paired with Kymeta Broadband, the resulting terminal is a shining example of research and ingenuity forged into a best-in-class product.


2017 - 2019
2020 - now


Russian physicist Victor Veselago, Ph.D., publishes an analysis stating that negative index materials could be created to have both negative permittivity and permeability. Dr. Veselago postulated a material that did not exist in nature, but showed the remarkable properties such a material would possess.



Physics professor David R. Smith, Ph.D., independently researches negative permeability, but his original research article is rejected by Physical Review Letters. Because of the rejection, Dr. Smith performs a literature search and finds Dr. Veselago’s 1967 research paper on negative index materials.

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Theoretical physicist Sir John Pendry, FRS FInstP, publishes a paper describing his creation of a man-made magnetic material that allowed him to manipulate electromagnetic radiation, inventing the first metamaterial.

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In 2004 Nathan Myhrvold, Ph.D., and Casey Tegreene, J.D., the founder/CEO and EVP of Intellectual Ventures respectively, become interested in creating an IP portfolio around metamaterials.

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A New Technology

Sir John Pendry, in collaboration with Dr. Smith and his group at Duke University, create the first invisibility cloak. They invent a tool to bend light in such a way that it forms a container around an object, making the object “invisible” over a band of frequencies in the microwave spectrum.

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Initial research and development of what will become Kymeta's core technology begins with Dr. Smith's team at Duke.

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A team at Intellectual Ventures create the first 2D scanning prototype of a metamaterial scanning antenna to scan in both directions, not just along one axis.

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Kymeta spins out of Intellectual Ventures, to further develop and commercialize the metamaterials surface antenna technology.

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In December of 2013, the Kymeta team closes the first ever transmit and receive satellite connection using a prototype metamaterial-based antenna.

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A New Approach

Kymeta creates the first glass-on-glass, thin-film-transistor-based (TFT) metamaterials-based satellite antenna. This step will make mass production of Kymeta flat panel satellite antennas possible.

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Kymeta announces the commercial availability of its first product, the u7, and begins expanding its global partnerships and deploying units worldwide.

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New Products and Services

Kymeta unveils its next-generation products and services, the u8 and Kymeta Connect. The integration of these next-generation solutions, the Antenna, Terminal, and Kymeta Connect Service, support unparalleled global mobile satellite-cellular connectivity.

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Continued Growth

Kymeta deploys hundreds of terminals to every continent except Antarctica across a wide range of verticals and use cases including first responders, government and land mobile. Kymeta also expands its partner network, with over 150 partners and counting signed by 2020.


Full Duplex Form Factor

Unlike phased array, Kymeta combines transmit and receive in a single aperture and a smaller, lighter overall footprint than leading phased array antennas, which improves product market fit for many mobile applications.

Roll Off Performance

While peak gain is typically better for a phased array of equal size, Kymeta’s performance advantage increases as the antenna scans, which makes Kymeta a better solution for highly mobile, extreme scan use cases.


Kymeta has more scalable manufacturing and calibration processes, which lowers CapEx costs and makes accessing connectivity more affordable.

Power Consumption

Kymeta’s technology consumes only 165W for a full terminal with a 20W BUC and an integrated modem, where phased array antennas range between 144W and 1KW. Kymeta antennas can leverage existing power systems on mobile platforms.


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