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Kymeta on its path to commercialize Metamaterials by 2015


Therehave been a lot of activities lately in the Metamaterials landscape by companies like Netgear, Raytheon, Inmarsat PLC, and O3b Networks. However, one company that has managed to offer some kind of hope for the commercialization of the metamaterials concept has been Kymeta Corporation.

A spin-off of Intellectual Ventures, Kymeta plans to commercialize the Metamaterial - Surface Antenna Technology (M-SAT) to be used for next generation satellite communications for mobile and fixed applications. This technology is based on metamaterials and dynamically guides the beam toward the satellite with no moving parts, thereby providing users with more flat, light in weight, thin, efficient, and less expensive antennas. The company is also developing metamaterial based fixed antennas along with antenna modules for moving platforms such as airplanes, automobiles, and vessels. Kymeta aeronautical terminal is one of a kind as it enables the delivery of broadband Internet access to passengers on commercial airlines.

The biggest advantage for Kymeta is that being a spin-out of Intellectual Ventures, it already has a large patent portfolio of metamaterial based technologies, thus giving an edge over its competitors. The company has also received fundingfrom big investment firms such as Lux Capital and also from Bill Gates, the ex-CEO of Microsoft, thereby allowing the company to build a strong foundation for itself.

As a part of the recent strategic development, the company demonstrated its flat-panel metamaterial based antenna at the Satellite 2014 in Washington DC. Kymeta also tied up with O3b Networks and Inmarsat PLC to develop flat panel antennas for satellite communication,which is a concrete step toward the commercialization of metamaterials concept.

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