USU professor working to improve his “smart” antenna

Utah State University Electrical Engineer Dr. Bedri Cetiner has won a $750,000 grant to further develop an antenna technology he created. It is a technology that could revolutionize the mobile communications industry.

He acknowledged that other research groups are working on these “smart” antennas.

“But what distinguishes us from the others is that an antenna system may be considered to have two main modules: one is the software and the other is the hardware,” Dr. Cetiner explains. “So the legacy approach is to make the software intelligent while the hardware still doesn’t have any intelligence, they’re still using legacy antennas.

“In our case we have both an intelligent software and intelligent hardware. The outcome of which is we reduced the cost of the system, at the same time we improved the performance.”

Dr. Cetiner said as the move is made to 5G wireless systems, antennas are everything: he said what your eyes provide for you, the antenna provides for a wireless device.

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