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Advanced Beamforming Transceivers and Antenna Arrays: Keys to 5G Communications?

At the June 29th IEEE luncheon in Plano, TX, Jeyanandh Paramesh, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University gave a technical presentation titled, “Advanced Multi-Antenna Transceivers for 5G Communications and Beyond.”

Professor Jeyanandh  Paramesh addressing Plano chapter of IEEE

Professor Jeyanandh Paramesh addressing Plano chapter of IEEE

Professor Paramesh and his team of researchers believe that directional communications using antenna arrays will be a centerpiece of next-generation communication systems in the sub-6 GHz bands and in the millimeter-wave bands. While today there are highly integrated phased-array transceivers that support steering the main beam of the antenna array pattern, the university is testing adaptive null-steering, spatial equalization, interference mitigation and various forms of multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) communication to see if they can achieve increased data rates, network capacity, and better interference management. Their recent work includes testing advanced beamforming transceivers that can support multi-antenna signal processing; specifically, the design of phased arrays that can address very wide swaths of mm-wave spectrum, and the design of hybrid beamformers that can support millimeter-wave MIMO communication.

As an innovation and technology leader in the connected world, Kathrein is already bringing “future proof” macro and small antennas to market that allow for many configurations of MIMO as 5G standards are still being worked out. It’s latest wide band sub-6 GHz canister antenna supports 2, 3.5, and 5.8 GHz as operators look to shared spectrum to provide increased bandwidth to subscribers. Kathrein believes that mobile communication networks will also have to meet new demands in such areas as Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT) or Connected Car.

Kathrein Presents First 5G Solutions at Mobile World Congress

Rosenheim, 23 February 2017 – Kathrein, a leading international specialist for reliable, high-quality communication technologies, presents new technologies for 5G, the next generation of mobile communication. True to its claim “Passion to connect.”, the company demonstrates its unique solution and service expertise in core connectivity areas including the Internet of Things (IoT), Building Digitalisation, Automotive and Mobile Communication. With its Vision 2022, Kathrein looks ahead to the network of the future and outlines future connectivity demands and solutions in different geographies.

5G, the next mobile communication standard, will be one of the most important themes at Kathrein’s exhibition stand. The company carries out intensive research into 5G and put a test bed into operation at the company’s headquarters in Rosenheim last summer. In Barcelona, Kathrein will present different prototypes of 5G antennas made of materials such as glass and ceramics that have not previously been used in this context.

New 14-port antenna with L-band

Also on display will be a new 14-port antenna with integrated L-band. This band is used especially for providing additional download capacity because it improves high-volume data transmission as required for video streaming, for example. Well-known network operators are already running pilot tests with this antenna in Europe.

Kathrein will also be presenting an innovative small cell portfolio with multiple solutions that have been developed for optimum mobile communication at hotspots. “At the world’s leading exhibition for mobile communication, we will demonstrate Kathrein’s unique technology expertise and high innovative strength,” says Dr Hermann Rodler, Executive Vice President Products at Kathrein.

Latest generation of K-BOW system installed in Imola

The company’s devision Business Solutions will showcase solutions for multiple network requirements. K-BOW, a system that provides mobile coverage in indoor and campus areas, has been enhanced and extended by means of additional functionalities and components. The latest K-BOW generation has recently been installed at the world-famous Autodromo Imola in Italy. A further use case of this system is presented in the award-winning, interactive Kathrein Smart City. An animation shows how K-BOW enables the perfect combination of mobile coverage and Wi-Fi provision at an airport.

New hardware and software for IoT applications

“In the area of IoT we will be introducing a new generation of RFID hardware. We will also present version 3.0 of our CrossTalk software for platform-independent integration of AutoID systems and sensors,” says Jürgen Walter, Executive Vice President Business Solutions at Kathrein. The renowned business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan confirmed Kathrein’s leadership in RFID technology a few months ago.

The stand in Barcelona will also exhibit solutions from Kathrein Automotive, the world market leader for automotive antenna solutions. These include an innovative multiband antenna module developed in collaboration with automotive supplier Continental. Visitors will also be able to find out about the functioning and installation of a side-mirror antenna, a solution used in the latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Kathrein presents Network Vision 2022

At the Mobile World Congress, Kathrein will also introduce its Network Vision 2022. The model of a future world illustrates the various requirements of the communication network. Kathrein differentiates between four geographies with specific network demands: large urban areas, suburban areas, rural areas and remote areas. “We see our Network Vision 2022 as the basis for a close interaction with customers and partners focusing on the connected world of tomorrow,” says Anton Kathrein, CEO of the Kathrein Group.

About Kathrein

Kathrein is a leading international specialist for reliable high-quality communication technologies. The company is an innovation and technology leader in today’s connected world. Kathrein’s solutions and services enable people all over the world to communicate, access information and use media, whether at home, at the office or on the road. The business covers a broad spectrum: from mobile communication and RFID solutions, to satellite reception, broadband and broadcast technology, to transmission and reception systems in vehicles. As a hidden champion and family-owned enterprise, Kathrein has been working on the technologies of tomorrow since 1919. The company takes pride in its dedicated employees and passion for customers and quality. Find out more about Kathrein at www.kathrein.com.

Kathrein Presents Network Vision 2022

Rosenheim, 22 February 2017 – How will the connected world of tomorrow evolve? Kathrein, a leading international specialist for reliable, high-quality communication technologies, has prepared its Network Vision 2022 in response to this question. The company has developed a model of a future world that clearly illustrates the various requirements of communication networks. Kathrein differentiates between four geographical situations with specific network demands: large urban areas, suburban areas, rural areas and remote areas.

To be able to cope with the enormous increase in data rates in the future, mobile network operators will have to expand and upgrade their networks to ensure customers have powerful and reliable connections. Mobile communication networks will also have to meet new demands in such areas as Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT) or Connected Car.

As an innovation and technology leader in the connected world, Kathrein has set up a project team to develop a vision for the network of the future. “Apart from our own experts from all business units, the project team also included external specialists such as IBM and T-Systems experts. This ensured a multifaceted and universal perspective on the communication network of the future,” says Ralf Exler, Head of Innovation Management at Kathrein.

Six network trends will determine the future

The relevance of megatrends as well as trends in technology and markets to the network of the future was the focus of intensive discussion in the analysis phase. Kathrein deduced six prognoses from these discussions.

1. Massive Data (the amount of data will increase significantly), 2. Massive Connectivities (the number of connected devices will be many times higher than the world population), 3. Coverage Everywhere (areas without network coverage will be provided with a new network infrastructure). 4. Convergence and Virtualisation (all applications will be transmitted via a convergent network, and many network components will be replaced and complemented by software solutions), 5. New Business Models (multiple new business models will be enabled) and finally 6. Overall Security (data and applications will require effective protection that is permanent and universal).

These six Kathrein prognoses will significantly influence the transmission and access networks of tomorrow. It was from these that the project team derived Network Vision 2022.

Different scenarios in different geographical situations

In large cities in particular it will be necessary to expand network capacities significantly. With its Micro C-RAN system K-BOW, Kathrein already provides optimum mobile communication coverage in indoor and campus areas. The company also offers the innovative solutions Kathrein Street Connect, Kathrein Inside Connect and a 4-port micro cell antenna for network densification at hotspots. Such solutions for network densification in city centres will gain importance in the future. Rural areas will need broadband coverage, too: examples here include Connected Car, IoT applications and smart farming.

“Network Vision 2022 illustrates the network requirements of the future. Our prognoses are an important compass for our research and development,” says Anton Kathrein, CEO of the Kathrein Group. “We will expand and develop our Network Vision in close collaboration with customers and partners on an ongoing basis.”

About Kathrein
Kathrein is a leading international specialist for reliable high-quality communication technologies. The company is an innovation and technology leader in today’s connected world. Kathrein’s solutions and services enable people all over the world to communicate, access information and use media, whether at home, at the office or on the road. The business covers a broad spectrum: from mobile communication and RFID solutions, to satellite reception, broadband and broadcast technology, to transmission and reception systems in vehicles. As a hidden champion and family-owned enterprise, Kathrein has been working on the technologies of tomorrow since 1919. The company takes pride in its dedicated employees and passion for customers and quality. Find out more about Kathrein at www.kathrein.com.

Roughing it at our Sales Conference in Cancun!

by Scott Nagel

Welcome to our first edition and inaugural Kathrein USA Blog!  The Wireless Industry is changing so fast, that it’s not only interesting from a pure technology perspective, but it is absolutely entertaining. Our goal is to provide a blog that addresses these industry trends while having a lot of fun along the way!    Here we go…

Viva Mexico!

Two weeks ago we had the chance to join our Kathrein family for our annual Sales Conference in Cancun, Mexico (yeah, we know – we have it rough). Our diverse team consists of employees from Germany, South America, Australia, Mexico, and the United States.   In the day and age of webinars, virtual conferences, and video chatting, sometimes real FACE TIME is not only refreshing, but absolutely worth the travel costs, as true team building is much easier when a team can actually meet in person to brainstorm and enjoy fun, team-building activities.

Good Morning Cancun Day 1Work Hard, Play Hard

We spent most of the week in meetings enjoying presentations from our leadership, brainstorming in small teams, and engaging in fun, team-building activities (like building an antenna out of cardboard, police tape, and paper!)  Just like our normal work weeks, we were able to get a lot  done, while having a great time.  Back in the 90s, W. Edwards Deming noted that, “The prevailing system of management has crushed fun out of the workplace.”  We learned first hand that hard work and fun don’t have to be mutually exclusive.  On Friday, we spent half a day at XCARET, a beautiful water park, floating down the river (while bats swooped overhead), enjoying SNUBA , and a thrilling dinner show!

Let’s Get Ready for 2016!

Our sales conference helped us set plans and actions in motion as 2016 will be here before we know it.  Our brainstorming sessions united us, as we further develop our plans to stay ahead of the “innovation curve” and attack the changing wireless landscape in areas such as 5G, HetNets, Small Cells, IoT, and DAS.  Working with a truly international team is helping our sales and marketing teams learn Best Practices  from all over the globe, as we continue to lead the way with the industry’s highest quality antenna solutions. Next year we will meet in Brazil.  Thank you Rafael Rojo, who planned the entire week, and cheers to Wilson Conti, who has been passed the torch for 2016! Watch out Rio, HERE WE COME!

XCARET Dinner Show- Capriccio Martin-Kathrein USA, Anton Kathrein-Kathrein, Rosenheim, Jon Reedy-Kathrein USA, Frank Weber-Kathrein, Rosenheim, Joerg Lippert-Kathrein, Rosenheim

XCARET Dinner Show- Capriccio Martin-Kathrein USA, Anton Kathrein-Kathrein, Rosenheim, Jon Reedy-Kathrein USA, Frank Weber-Kathrein, Rosenheim, Joerg Lippert-Kathrein, Rosenheim