Sibling startup offers RF for 5G

September 18, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
Sibling startup offers RF for 5G
Movandi Corp. (Newport Beach, Calif.), a venture backed startup founded by sister and brother Maryam and Reza Rofougaran, has announced its BeamX approach to RF front-ends for 5G.

Movandi’s BeamX front-end integrates RF, antenna, beamforming, and control algorithms into a modular 5G millimeter wave solution targeted at Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), small cell, and basestation applications in 5G communications and capable of multigigabit data rates.

The BeamX platform is configurable to support different baseband/modem SoCs and different applications.

Movandi is offering solutions for the 28GHz and 39GHz bands with a focus on holistic design and packaging of these complex systems to achieve optimizations of performance, price and cost. The company claims they can deliver "radical" improvements compared with traditional millimeter RF and antenna solutions.

"We started the company one year ago, and today we are demonstrating our technology for the next wireless revolution of multi-gigabit connectivity," said Maryam Rofougaran, COO and co-CEO in a statement.

"At Movandi, we have taken a unique approach in the industry, going far beyond the role of a traditional fabless semiconductor company, innovating from the device level to the system level and relentlessly challenging old assumptions,” said Reza Rofougaran, CTO and co-CEO, in the same statement. “Our proprietary solution is designed as a complete system combining the entire RF front-end and antenna versus today’s solutions that are simply a mix and match of individual components. We believe this approach will lead the industry while enabling a significant time to market performance and power consumption advantages over similar competing products."

Previously, Maryam and Reza Rofougaran co-founded Innovent Systems which was acquired by Broadcom for $457 million in 2000.

Movandi has received backing from Cota Capital, Sierra Ventures and Wistron NeWeb Corp., a Taiwanese manufacturer of communications equipment.

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