Fractal Firm Confirms Breakthrough Metamaterial Antenna Technology

BEDFORD, Mass.–()–Fractal Antenna Systems today confirmed that it has developed a new
proprietary antenna technology with broad applications, particularly in
point to point access with directional antennas.

The new technology is enabled by the firm’s fractal metamaterial
discoveries and inventions. Fractal metamaterial devices are populated
by closely packed ‘self similar’ shaped electromagnetic structures.
Developed by the firm, the use of fractal metamaterials has already
resulted in a broad range of critical attributes. Now magnification
ability publicly joins the list of essential practical advantages.

The new antenna technology, referred to as “FM/R”, has the advantages of
smaller size, wider bandwidths, and high efficiency, at high
magnification, or “gain”. In addition, it has a unique characteristic of
being nearly agnostic to its form factor shape. This means that most
conventional, prescribed ‘fishbone’, ‘arrowhead’, and ‘bubble’ shapes
for directional antennas are obsolete, or severely limited in
comparisons of their footprint, supporting electronics, and cost. In
addition, the FM/R antennas may replace several directional antennas at
once, diminishing coveted tower and building real estate needs for

Notes CEO and inventor Nathan Cohen: “Others have oversold the case of
metamaterials for lens-like applications, and ended up with ‘me-too’
technology of limited practical value. We’ve delivered on the promise.”

Cohen attributes previous impediments to a failure to recognize the
potential afforded by: “Greater sampling of the nearfield, through
fractals. The physics was sound, but the assumptions about how to apply
it were stuck in an age-old rut.”


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