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Smart Antenna Controller Trends Report

  • Published: July 2006
  • Region: Global
  • 167 Pages
  • West Technology Research Solutions

This report includes a complete assessment of the Smart Antenna, MIMO, Diversity, and Adaptive Antenna Markets as the changing requirements drive microcontroller developments. It is written both for component-level companies and end-product companies who are in the process of evaluating the Smart Antenna Market and the MIMO technology arena. Particular attention to the requirements which Smart Antenna technology development is placing on microcontrollers and associated IC components.

The report includes global & regional market trends & forecasts, regulatory issues, standards development, economic effects, and strategic developments.

1 Q2 2006 Update
1.1 Baseband Architecture Requirements
1.2 VOIP may have the most influence in the Enterprise Market
1.3 Limitations to WiMAX lie beyond any technical issues
1.4 BPL may take potential market share from WiMAX
1.5 UWB may require a form of smart antenna in certain use cases:
1.6 The industry’s standard-first, product-second” strategy coupled with wireless convergence create turmoil for technology development
1.7 Smart Antenna, Diversity Antenna, and MIMO Antenna Technology Requirement Analysis
1.8 Market Data Shift
1.9 Smart Antenna Components for Fixed WiMAX (802.16a) Markets
1.10 Smart Antenna Components for Mobile WiMAX (802.16e) Markets

2 Executive Summary
2.1 A View Of Smart Antennas Today
2.2 FCC As A Driving Force for Smart Antenna Development
2.3 SiBeam: The Next ArrayComm?
2.4 Smart Antenna Market Penetration Model
2.5 Industry Description
2.6 Smart Antenna Benefits
2.7 Smart Antenna Mode Description

3 Strategic Market Analysis
3.1 Communications Market Analysis
3.2 Consumer Electronics Market Analysis
3.3 Enterprise Market Analysis
3.4 Transportation Market Analysis
3.5 Home Networking Market Analysis
3.6 Medical and Healthcare Market Analysis
3.7 Industrial Automation Market Analysis
3.8 Agricultural Market Analysis
3.9 Security Market Analysis

4 Smart Antenna Technology Review
4.1 Summary of Smart Antenna Technology

5 Relevant Emerging Wireless Standards Bodies
5.1 UWB Standards Bodies
5.2 Standards Bodies that Define WiMAX
5.3 Wi-Fi Standards Bodies
5.4 Standards Bodies that Define ZigBee
5.5 How a Smart Antenna Works
5.6 Smart Antenna Patent Activity

6 Wireless Technology Overviews
6.1 IEEE 802.11
6.1.1 Reliable Coverage Range for 802.11
6.2 IEEE 802.15
6.2.1 IEEE 802.15.1
6.2.1.1 Bluetooth Wireless Standard
6.2.1.2 How a Bluetooth Network Works
6.2.2 IEEE 802.15.3a
6.2.2.1 Ultrawideband Chipset Characterization
6.2.2.2 DS-CDMA vs. MB-OFDM Ultrawideband Technology – How Do You Make the Choice?
6.2.2.3 How An Ultrawideband Network Works
6.2.3 IEEE 802.15.4
6.2.3.1 Comparison of ZigBee with RFID
6.2.3.2 How a ZigBee Network Works
6.2.4 IEEE 802.15.4a
6.2.5 IEEE 802.16
6.2.5.1 Comparison of IEEE 802.16-2004, IEEE 802.16e, WiMAX, Mobile-Fi, WRAN, WiBro, IEEE 802.20, EVDO, and UMTS
6.2.6 IEEE 802.20

7 Issues for Equipment Manufacturers

8 Market Dynamics & Opportunity Analysis
8.1 MIMO Will Be Prevalent In WLAN Range Extension Applications
8.2 Smart Antennas Critical to 2.5 and 3G Communication
8.3 Smart Antenna Use in GPS Extends Operational Range
8.4 Why Not Bluetooth?
8.5 Smart Antenna Adoption is Geography-Agnostic
8.6 OEM Participation Likely to Bifurcate
8.6.1 Companies Developing Smart Antenna Products

9 Smart Antenna Market Forecasts
9.1 Smart Antenna Component Market Overview
9.2 Smart Antenna Components in Wide Area Communication Networks (WAN)
9.2.1 Smart Antenna Components in WAN Forecast
9.2.2 Smart Antenna Components for 3G Markets
9.2.3 Smart Antenna Components for 4G Markets
9.3 Smart Antenna Components for WiMAX Markets
9.4 Smart Antenna Components in Wireless Local Area Communication Network (WLAN) Markets
9.4.1 Smart Antenna WLAN Component Forecast
9.4.2 802.11a/b/g Smart Antenna Component Markets
9.4.3 802.11n Smart Antenna Component Markets
9.5 Smart Antenna Components for Sensor & Location Network Markets
9.5.1 Overall Forecast
9.5.2 Smart Antenna Components in UWB Sensor Markets

10 OEM Analysis
10.1 Summary
10.2 OEM Product Focus
10.3 Manufacturing Locations
10.4 Geographic Markets Served
10.5 Market Segments Addressed
10.6 Channels of Distribution

11 Smart Antenna Corporate Overviews
11.1 Advanten
11.2 Airgo Networks, Inc.
11.3 Andrew Corporation
11.4 ArrayComm, Inc.
11.5 Bandspeed, Inc.
11.6 Broadcom
11.7 eTenna
11.8 Intel Corporation
11.9 Interdigital Communications Corporation
11.10 Lumera Corporation
11.11 Motia, Inc.
11.12 Philips Semiconductors
11.13 Symena Software & Consulting GmbH
11.14 SiBeam

LIST OF TABLES
Baseband Architecture Requirements
Smart Antenna Fixed WiMAX (802.16a) Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna Fixed WiMAX (802.16a) Component Shipment Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna Mobile WiMAX (802.16e) Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Communication Applications for Smart Antennas
Consumer Electronics Applications for Smart Antennas
Enterprise Applications for Smart Antennas
Transportation Applications for Smart Antennas
Home Networking Applications for Smart Antennas
Medical and Healthcare Applications for Smart Antennas
Industrial Automation Applications for Smart Antennas
Agricultural Applications for Smart Antennas
Security Applications for Smart Antennas
Smart Antenna Features
GPS Smart Antennas
Ultrawideband Industry Group Technical Focus
WiMAX Industry Group Technical Focus
ZigBee Industry Group Technical Focus
Recent Smart Antenna-related Patents Applications
802.11 Classifications
802.15.1 Classifications
Bluetooth Coverage Classifications
Bluetooth Industry Group Technical Focus
Bluetooth Packet Types
802.15.3a Classifications
Ultrawideband Traffic Types
Ultrawideband Traffic Types
Ultrawideband Network Capacity Comparison
802.15.4 Classifications
ZigBee Classifications
ZigBee Traffic Types
ZigBee vs. RFID Technology
ZigBee Network Function
802.15.4a Classifications
802.16 Classifications –Wireless MANs
IEEE 802.16 Working Group Definitions & Status
WiMAX Classifications: 802.16, 802.16a, 802.16e
Fixed Wireless Technology Comparison: WiMAX, WRAN, LMDS, MMDS, Proprietary
Mobile Wireless Technology Comparison: WiMAX, Mobile-Fi, UMTS
Participant Analysis: WiMAX, Mobile-Fi, EVDO, UMTS
802.20 Classifications – Wireless MANs
Companies Developing Smart Antenna Products
Smart Antenna Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna Component Shipment Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna in WAN Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna in WAN Component Shipment Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 3G Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 3G Component Shipment Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 3G Component ASP Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 4G Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 4G Component Shipment Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 4G Component ASP Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna WiMAX Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna WiMAX Component Shipment Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna WiMAX Component ASP Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna WLAN Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna WLAN Component Shipment Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 802.11 a/b/g Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 802.11 a/b/g Component Shipment Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 802.11 a/b/g Component ASP Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 802.11n Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 802.11n Component Shipment Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna 802.11n Component ASP Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna Sensor & Location Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna Sensor & Location Component Shipment Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna UWB Sensor Component Sales Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna UWB Sensor Component Shipment Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna UWB Sensor Component ASP Forecast (2005 - 2010)
Smart Antenna Development by Product type
Classification of OEMs by Product Focus
Manufacturing Location Classification by OEM
Geographic Markets Classification by OEM
Smart Antenna-related Target Market Classification by OEM
Sales Channel Classification by OEM
Manufacturing Location Classification for Advanten
Smart Antenna-related Target Market Classification for Advanten
Sales Channels for Advanten
Smart Antenna-related Company Activities for Advanten
Geographic Markets for Advanten
Customers of Airgo Networks
Smart Antenna-related Strategic Partnership Classification for Airgo Networks
Manufacturing Location Classification for Airgo Networks
Smart Antenna-related Target Market Classification for Airgo Networks
Sales Channels for Airgo Networks
Smart Antenna-related Company Activities for Airgo Networks
Geographic Markets for Airgo Networks
Customers of Andrew Corporation
Smart Antenna-related Strategic Partnership Classification for ArrayComm
Manufacturing Location Classification for Andrew Corporation
Smart Antenna-related Target Market Classification for Andrew Corporation
Sales Channels for Andrew Corporation
Smart Antenna-related Company Activities for Andrew Corporation
Geographic Markets for Andrew Corporation
Customers of ArrayComm
Smart Antenna-related Strategic Partnership Classification for ArrayComm
Manufacturing Location Classification for ArrayComm
Smart Antenna-related Target Market Classification for ArrayComm
Sales Channels for ArrayComm
Smart Antenna-related Company Activities for ArrayComm
Geographic Markets for ArrayComm
Customers of Bandspeed
Smart Antenna-related Strategic Partnership Classification for Bandspeed
Manufacturing Location Classification for Bandspeed
Smart Antenna-related Target Market Classification for Bandspeed
Sales Channels for Bandspeed
Smart Antenna-related Company Activities for Bandspeed
Geographic Markets for Bandspeed
Broadcom Manufacturing
Broadcom Target Markets
Broadcom Sales Channels
Broadcom Company Activities
Broadcom Geographic Markets
Customers of eTenna
Smart Antenna-related Strategic Partnership Classification for eTenna
Manufacturing Location Classification for eTenna
Smart Antenna-related Target Market Classification for eTenna
Sales Channels for eTenna
Smart Antenna-related Company Activities for eTenna
Geographic Markets for eTenna
Customers of InterDigital Communications
Smart Antenna-related Strategic Partnership Classification for InterDigital Communications
Manufacturing Location Classification for InterDigital Communications
Smart Antenna-related Target Market Classification for InterDigital Communications
Sales Channels for InterDigital Communications
Smart Antenna-related Company Activities for InterDigital Communications
Geographic Markets for InterDigital Communications
Customers of Lumera
Manufacturing Location Classification for Lumera
Smart Antenna-related Target Market Classification for Lumera
Sales Channels for Lumera
Smart Antenna-related Company Activities for Lumera
Geographic Markets for Lumera
Customers of Motia
Smart Antenna-related Strategic Partnership Classification for Motia
Manufacturing Location Classification for Motia
Smart Antenna-related Target Market Classification for Motia
Sales Channels for Motia
Smart Antenna-related Company Activities for Motia
Geographic Markets for Motia
Classification of Relevant Philips Products
Smart Antenna -related Strategic Partnership Classification for Philips
Manufacturing Location Classification for Philips
Smart Antenna-related Target Market Classification for Philips
Sales Channels for Philips
Smart Antenna -related Company Activities for Philips
Geographic Markets for Philips
Classification of Relevant Symena Products
Customers of Symena
Smart Antenna-related Strategic Partnership Classification for Symena
Manufacturing Location Classification for Symena
Smart Antenna -related Target Market Classification for Symena
Sales Channels for Symena
Smart Antenna -related Company Activities for Symena
Geographic Markets for Symena
Classification of Relevant SiBeam Products
Customers of SiBeam
Smart Antenna-related Strategic Partnership Classification for SiBeam
Manufacturing Location Classification for SiBeam
Smart Antenna -related Target Market Classification for SiBeam
Sales Channels for SiBeam
Smart Antenna -related Company Activities for SiBeam
Geographic Markets for SiBeam

A View Of Smart Antennas Today
Smart Antennas have been around for decades, but today they are in the process of getting even smarter. For the past ten-plus years, and with the development of multiple antennas for transmission and reception, known also as space-time communication, Smart Antenna technology has become a serious research and development arena. It is a branch of wireless communications that makes use of the ‘space dimension’ (i.e. antennas) along with the traditional time dimension in modulation and coding at the transmitter, and demodulation and decoding at the receiver in order to improve the performance of wireless links. Today companies in the US, Japan, and Europe are in high gear to take advantage of the benefits that smart antennas promise. With increasing adoption of wireless access and wireless service on the part of the consumer, the imminence of pervasive 3G service (UMTS and CDMA2000) , 4G already more than a concept, and diminishing available spectrum have combined to make smart antenna technology essential. Already in use in combination with cell phones, television, and in industrial applications, smart antennas are no longer a choice, but a necessity for the industrialized world. It is clear, for example, that without smart antenna technology WiMAX and WLAN applications are unable to reach their natural potential.
Smart antenna technology has the capability to extend the range and increase efficiency of communications for nearly every wireless communications technology and protocol with perhaps the practical exception of Ultrawideband.

FCC As A Driving Force for Smart Antenna Development
The impetus for the FCC’s urge for spectral efficiencies with smart antennas and cognitive radio schemes is the need to provide the government with increased spectrum availability and improved operator economy. The evolution and development of Smart Antennas have been driven by economics.

SiBeam: The Next ArrayComm?
Developments in smart antenna markets over the last 6 months that have had the most impact have been the rise to power of ArrayComm, an event predicted by our analysis of its intense and unerring drive to develop intellectual property, and the emergence of SiBeam.
SiBeam is a newly-founded company stuffed to the gills with highly-educated and well-connected professionals. The press SiBeam has received qualifies it as a wireless chip company, however once a bit more background research is performed on the company and its founders, it becomes apparent that the company has a very large play in the smart antenna market. In fact, SiBeam may be one of the few companies to attempt a cost-effective implementation of a true adaptive smart antenna as envisioned by Dick Roy in the 1970’s. Given the company’s significant activity in the IEEE 802.16e working group through a graduate student, developing much of the technology whose advisor is SiBeam’s Chairman of the Board, it is likely that the company will have a mobile consumer market focus. This hypothesis is strengthened by the background of many of the company principals: Appairent Technologies (a Kodak /Motorola spin-off), 2Wire, Broadcom, and others.
Available technical antenna theory describing SiBeam implementation bears strong similarity to original Dick Roy patents and US Army research. Given Dick Roy’s background as one of the founders of ArrayComm, SiBeam may be in for a rocky start.

Smart Antenna Market Penetration Model
Unlike UWB, ZigBee, and Bluetooth which still developing protocols and adapting to market niches, Smart Antenna technology is moving directly into maturing markets that are ready and waiting to imbibe add-on features to existing products. As such Smart Antennas technology offers a second revenue wave in the channel that is already under a company’s command, with an established presence in a matured segment that is experiencing declining margins.

Intel is clearly leading with foresight in this area, as can be seen in the following example. Ever looking to stay one or two steps ahead of their competition, it is not surprising that the company has a large footprint in the wireless technology arena. To this end Intel engaged Motia to integrate smart antenna technology into Wi-Fi and WiMAX product lines. Motia designs RF ICs to support adaptive beam forming techniques and boost signal-to-noise ratios. Wi-Fi, WiMAX, CDMA2000, and Digital TV processing are among the first to benefit from Smart Antenna development, especially with multi-path advantages of the multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) model, the next generation of smart antenna.

Industry Description
Since the mid-to-late 1990s R&D investment in Smart Antenna technology has been quietly but dynamically moving forward in Japan, in the US, and in Europe. Japan, especially, has linked the development of smart antenna technology to the ultimate success of 4G cellular systems. In other words, no Smart Antennas, no WIMAX, no fully utilized 3G, and no 4G. Smart Antenna systems can be utilized by all major wireless protocols and standards, both analog and digital. It is this ability that gives existing markets the ability to expand into new products and services, and companies that make use of wireless upgrades, whether in communications, local loop applications, high or low rate, short or long range systems, a significant competitive advantage.

System requirements essential for 4G:

- Energy efficiency (Greater power capacity)
- Greater efficiency
- Higher data rates
- Higher bandwidths need higher frequencies (because of higher propagation and circuit losses)
- Interference suppression
- Multipath mitigation (no co-channel interference, ‘fast fading’, phase cancellation or delay spread i.e. multiple reflections)

2.6 Smart Antenna Benefits:

- Digital signal processing capability
- Signal and Power efficiency (beam focused, lower energy requirement ,longer battery life, smaller & lighter form factor, reduced cost)
- Interference negation (reduced distance and increased load capacity ,Space Division ,Multiple Access frequency reuse, improved capacity)
- Spatial Diversity (minimized fading, multipath rejection, higher bit rate)

Smart Antenna Mode Description
Smart Antennas exist in two modes: Switched Beam and Adaptive Array. Switched Beam antennas, also known as Phased Array, Steered Beam or Pencil Beam are modifications of current cellular beam systems as add-on or appliqués to an existing antenna installation. Dense narrow beams allow the user to rely on low interference probability at higher transfer rates and greater range. This microsector configuration is passive; multiple antennas supplies a specific area with a dense array beams and signal strength tuning according to need for the individual user.

Adaptive Array antenna systems are less hardware intensive. This means that Adaptive Array beams follow the individual user, transmitting an infinite number of signal combinations in real-time, over a wider area than Switched Beam systems, with more power and less interference given that its focus on the user is much more narrow. SDMA, also known as MIMO, is the most efficient method of possible Smart Antenna technologies, providing send and receive at both base station and mobile units. Hence MIMO offers highly sophisticated algorithms and economical use of hardware that allows for rapid frequency reuse and the ability to concentrate the beam pattern in high-use areas.

Fixed WiMAX and IEEE 802.16a, Mobile WiMAX and IEEE 802.16.e, Smart Antenna, Diversity Antenna, MIMO Antenna, UWB, BPL, VOIP

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