Kymeta

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Kymeta Corporation
Private company
IndustrySatellite communications
FoundedAugust 21, 2012
FounderNathan Kundtz
HeadquartersRedmond, Washington U.S
Area served
World
Key people
Marc Stolzman (president and CFO)
ProductsmTenna™
Number of employees
45 (2013)
Websitewww.kymetacorp.com

Kymeta Corporation is a satellite communications company based in the United States. It was founded in August 2012 after spinning out from Intellectual Ventures and manufactures software-enabled, meta-materials based electronic beamforming antennas and terminals for satellite communications.[1]

Kymeta announced commercial availability of its first products—the mTennau7 antenna subsystem module (ASM) and KyWay terminal—in March 2017, which are the first metamaterials-based products to be successfully commercialized.[2] Kymeta has also partnered with Intelsat to offer KĀLO satellite services, which can be bundled with all Kymeta products. As of October 2018, the company has raised nearly $200 million in funding from various investors including Bill Gates and Lux Capital.[3]

Technology[edit]

Kymeta mTenna technology uses a holographic approach to electronically acquire, steer and lock a beam to a satellite.[4] It is built using a metamaterials toolset, which uses a thin structure with tuneable metamaterial elements instead of reflecting microwaves like a traditional parabolic antenna or creating thousands of separate signals like a phased array antenna. The flat, lightweight and cost-effective satellite tracking antennas are designed to work seamlessly for communication in high-volume markets where traditional satellite antennas are not currently practical or feasible, such as automotive, maritime, and aviation.[5]

The mTennaU7 has 30,000 individual elements that act collectively to create a holographic beam that can transmit and receive satellite signals. The tunable elements scatter RF energy when activated. Software then activates a pattern of tunable elements to generate a beam. To change the beam direction, the software changes the pattern of activated elements.

Partnerships[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rusli, Evelyn M. (August 21, 2012). "Antenna Company Raises $12 Million From Bill Gates and Lux Capital". DealBook. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Kymeta Poised to Disrupt the Satellite Communications Industry". www.onboardonline.com. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  3. ^ "Kymeta founder Nathan Kundtz stepping down as CEO". SpaceNews.com. October 30, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Kymeta (September 28, 2016), mTenna Comparison, retrieved March 28, 2019
  5. ^ Kymeta (May 17, 2017), The Road to the Connected Car, retrieved March 28, 2019
  6. ^ "Kymeta Announces Partnership with Türksat to Bring Land and Sea Connectivity to Europe, Middle East and Africa".
  7. ^ "Airbus Home". Airbus. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "More Partnerships to Fuel Kymeta's Market Foray". SatelliteToday. May 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Kymeta – Partners". Kymeta Corp.
  10. ^ Boyle, Alan (January 12, 2016). "A satellite antenna on your car: Toyota and Kymeta aim to make it so". Geekwire.
  11. ^ "Home Page - Alidaunia s.r.l. - Società di navigazione aerea". www.alidaunia.it. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  12. ^ "Kymeta and e3 Kymeta Partner for Global Satellite Broadband Connectivity". Kymeta. March 18, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  13. ^ "Kymeta Expands Distribution Network to Support Remote Alternative Energy Facilities". Kymeta. December 5, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "Commercial Availability for the World's First Flat Satellite Antenna". Kymeta. March 7, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "Intelsat and Kymeta Join Forces to Expand the IoT and More". Kymeta. February 5, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "New Connectivity Options from Kymeta and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation". Kymeta. March 7, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2018.

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