SiBeam joins NYU Wireless as industrial-affiliate sponsor

Just in time for the Brooklyn 5G Summit, SiBeam, a pioneer in intelligent millimeter-wave technologies, has joined the NYU Wireless research center as an industrial-affiliate sponsor of fundamental research on 5G.

SiBeam is the 13th industrial-affiliate sponsor of the research center, which was launched by the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering in August 2012. The 2015 Brooklyn 5G Summit, the second event of its kind, is being held this week, bringing together wireless/mobile industry R&D leaders in academia and business to explore future of the technology.  

SiBeam is actively participating in the event, with SiBeam President Khurram Sheikh presenting as part of the "Enabling 5G Gigabit Interactivity Everywhere" panel on April 10.  

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based SiBeam was founded in 2004, acquired by Silicon Image in 2011 and relaunched in January of this year. It's a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image and has established itself as a leader in millimeter-wave on complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) radio frequency technology and boasts a strong 60 GHz patent portfolio.

In fact, SiBeam claims to be one of few companies in the world that can produce millimeter-wave on CMOS and says it was first to ship wireless semiconductor integrated circuits in mass volume for wireless, high-definition audio and video connections in consumer electronics.

"We are pleased to engage with NYU Wireless toward our common goal of introducing solutions that accelerate deployment of the fifth generation of wireless," Sheikh said in a press release. "SiBeam's vision of universally available gigabit wireless interactivity encompasses millimeter-wave solutions that provide coverage from centimeters to hundreds of meters--and we expect this collaboration with NYU Wireless will greatly extend the possibilities of wireless reach."

Professor Ted Rappaport, NYU Wireless director and founder, said it's exciting to have SiBeam join the board of industrial affiliate sponsors. "We look forward to working closely to improve knowledge and capabilities of millimeter-wave technologies," he said in the release. "Partnering with an industry leader such as SiBeam will benefit both entities, as we seek to move the wireless world up in bandwidth and in carrier frequency." 

A Notice of Inquiry (NOI) proceeding currently before the FCC notes that some of the most widely publicized field trials of millimeter-wave mobile service have been conducted at New York University and the University of Texas with funding from the U.S. Army and Samsung. Those trials found that 39 GHz mobile base stations can sustain 100 percent coverage in cells with a 200-meter radius in high-density urban areas.

In an FCC filing in the proceeding that looks at using spectrum bands above 24 GHz for mobile radio services, SiBeam said it already demonstrated a mass production 60 GHz phased-array radio transceiver that has 32 antenna elements in a single, fully integrated CMOS chip. The system based on that radio transceiver achieved 4 Gbps data throughput using a 1.76 GHz wide channel compliant with the IEEE 802.11ad channelization for the 60 GHz frequency band.

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