Virtual antenna pioneer Fractus Antennas is no longer about fractal antennas. The company, set up in 2015 as an independent product company for technology developer Fractus, has changed its name to Ignion and is to focus on the Internet of Things (IoT).
“The reason why we did the name change is we are in the second wave,” said Jaap Groot, CEO of Ignion in Barcelona. The city is about to host Mobile World Congress, and the change in name from Fractus Antennas to Ignion reflects the changes in the mobile industry, he says.
The company was originally launched around technology from the local Catalonian Polytechnic University (UPC) and licensed to a startup vcalled Fractus, co-founded by Ruben Bonet and Dr Carles Puente, who is also VP of Innovation a co-founder of Ignion. As a pioneer in developing internal antennas for smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices, Fractus has over 120 patents and patent applications in the United States, Europe and Asia and has won a number of court cases against companies such as ZTE.
““The first wave was mobile phones, where the Fractus technology is designed into 99 percent of all mobile phones,” said Groot at Ignion. “They signed up all the major players and there are billions of fractal designs.”
“We can do the same for the IoT,” he said. “IoT is struggling not just because of proof of concepts and fragmentation but it is difficult to do it right,” he said. To help with this, Fractus Antennas developed an ‘antenna booster on a chip’ technology called Virtual Antenna that cuts the development time for IoT antenna designs from months to weeks. This supports multiple cellular and non-cellular technologies, ranging from NB-IoT and LTE-M to low power LPWAN and Bluetooth by using the board as the antenna.