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Over 40 LTE Smartphone Models and 10 OEMs now use Cavendish RF MEMS Antenna Tuners

SAN JOSE, Calif. – January 31, 2017: Cavendish Kinetics, the leading provider of high-performance radio frequency (RF) MEMS tuning solutions, announced today that its SmarTune RF MEMS antenna tuners have been adopted by 40 different smartphone models from 10 manufacturers, including the Samsung Galaxy A8.  This traction and Tier 1 design win highlight the market recognition and acceptance of RF MEMS’ benefits, and the technology’s potential to improve smartphone performance and user experience.

“Realizing good signal strength in smartphones has become extremely challenging given the thin metal frames, large displays and many LTE frequency bands the antennas need to support, especially with the growth of MIMO and carrier-aggregation”, explained Joe Madden, Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts.  “Insertion losses in the RF section are also becoming so high that battery life is impacted.  New tuning technologies like MEMS can greatly improve performance compared with simple SOI switches in these challenging conditions.”

Antenna tuning has become the default solution for the industry, but the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) switches many use today are increasingly unable to meet RF performance requirements.  Smartphone manufacturers are turning to Cavendish Kinetics’ RF MEMS SmarTuners to solve the challenge.  Beyond the performance advantages, Cavendish Kinetics’ RF MEMS SmarTuners have proven to be extremely reliable which is of great importance to Smartphone OEMs.

“Cavendish’s low-loss, high-Q RF MEMS tuners provide a truly differentiated solution that allows OEMs to design tunable antennas that enable peak signal strength and corresponding high data rates across the entire set of LTE bands,” said Paul Dal Santo, CEO of Cavendish Kinetics. “We are particularly excited that a major global brand like Samsung has adopted Cavendish’s SmarTune solution."

LinleyGroupAwardTechnology analysts continue to recognize the importance of Cavendish’s RF MEMS products to the smartphone industry. The Linley Group, a leading source for independent technology analysis of semiconductors for networking, communications, mobile, and data-center applications, recently awarded Cavendish Kinetics’ SmarTuner as the Best Mobile Chip of 2016.  Cavendish joins an elite group of companies such as Intel, Qualcomm, Marvell and Synopsis who received The Linley Group award in alternate categories.

“Our awards program not only recognizes excellence in chip design and innovation, but also recognizes the products that our analysts believe will have an impact on future designs,” said Linley Gwennap, founder and principal analyst at The Linley Group. “Cavendish SmarTuners enable capacitive aperture tuning, increasing antenna efficiency, enhancing reception, and saving power. SmarTuner’s 32 levels handle a wide range of LTE bands and antenna types.”

Building on the success of its first generation of RF MEMS SmarTuners, Cavendish will release the 2nd generation of its RF MEMS products in 2Q of 2017, which will include the industry’s first viable RF MEMS Switch for cellular Smartphone and IOT radio applications.  Cavendish received a $25 million strategic investment from Qorvo (NASDAQ: QRVO) in mid 2015.

About Cavendish Kinetics

Cavendish Kinetics (www.cavendish-kinetics.com) is the leading provider of high-performance RF MEMS antenna tuning solutions for smartphones, handheld and wearable devices. Cavendish’s SmarTune devices feature a MIPI RFFE interface, have been qualified beyond 100 billion cycles and are shipping in volume since 2014. Cavendish Kinetics has offices in San Jose, CA, China, Korea, and the Netherlands.

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Strategic investment expands successful RF MEMS product line to solve key radio performance bottlenecks in coming LTE devices 

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. – August 24, 2015: Building on the market success of its high performance RF MEMS antenna tuners, Cavendish Kinetics announced today, that it has completed its final funding round with a strategic raise of $36 million, to accelerate the development of its next generation RF components. Cavendish’s new generation of RF components fully leverages its proven RF MEMS technology, and adds a range of virtually loss-less RF MEMS switches to its growing portfolio of industry leading RF MEMS tuners. Together the new components will enable a wide range of radio front-end applications, including the high-performance tuning of antennas, filters and power amplifiers as well as ultra-low loss switching of the RF signal path.

“There is a critical need for low loss RF switching as OEMs design radios for 4G and 5G capability, and commercializing our ultra-low loss RF MEMS switch to meet this need is a major focus for Cavendish, now that our first generation RF MEMS tuners have fully ramped and are shipping commercially” ,said Paul Dal Santo, CEO of Cavendish Kinetics. “SOI switch technology is fundamentally limited by its high insertion loss, and is not well suited for RF front-ends requiring high voltage handling or high linearity. Our RF MEMS switches will deliver a 10x improved ‘figure of merit’ compared to what today’s SOI switches can achieve, transforming the way LTE radios are designed.”

Cavendish’s new generation of RF MEMS components is based on a simple enhancement of the revolutionary ‘switchlet array’ design with its proven MEMS cycle life of over 100B cycles. In addition to providing virtually loss-less RF MEMS switches, Cavendish’s next generation of RF MEMS tuners will now provide increased tuning range and RF voltage handling, enabling additional radio performance gains. Samples of Cavendish’s new generation RF MEMS components will be available in the first quarter of 2016, and ramp into volume production in the second half of 2016.

About Cavendish Kinetics

Cavendish Kinetics (www.cavendish-kinetics.com) is the leading provider of high-performance RF MEMS radio components for smartphones, handhelds and wearable devices. Cavendish’s SmarTune devices feature a MIPI RFFE interface, have been qualified beyond 100 billion cycles and are shipping in volume since 2014. Cavendish Kinetics is headquartered in San Jose, CA, with offices in Dallas, TX, China, Korea, and the Netherlands.

 

SmarTune™ RF MEMS Antenna Tuners boost performance across all LTE bands in nubia’s borderless  Z9 flagship Smartphone 

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. and BEIJING, China – May 11, 2015: Cavendish Kinetics, the leading provider of high-performance RF MEMS tuning solutions, and nubia, the premium smartphone brand of ZTE Corporation, announced today that nubia’s new Z9 smartphone is using Cavendish’s SmarTune antenna tuning solution to create the world’s first dual antenna tuning solution. Designing its most innovative Smartphone yet, the thin metal-frame and virtually bezel-free screen of the nubia Z9 placed unprecedented challenges on the antenna design. Using two separate tuners, the dual antenna structure in the Z9 is able to provide best-in-class RF performance across all supported LTE frequency bands.

“The Z9 sets a new performance benchmark for Smartphones, highlighted by the brilliant, borderless screen,” said Ni Fei, CEO of nubia. “Designing screens that extend to the edge of the device presents a complex engineering challenge, as it leaves little room for the antennas to work. To ensure that the Z9 delivers the radio performance, data speeds and battery life worthy of our flagship device, we developed the world’s first dual antenna tuning solution, only made possible by using Cavendish’s RF MEMS tuners.”

SmarTune antenna tuning solutions are based on small, highly efficient narrow-band antennas that use Cavendish’s revolutionary RF MEMS Tuners to shift their resonating frequency. This allows the Z9 to optimize performance across all LTE frequencies at efficiency levels wide-band antennas cannot achieve.

"Seeing early prototypes of the Z9’s borderless screen and metal-frame we knew that our teams had to bend traditional antenna design rules to achieve the required radio performance," said Paul Dal Santo, CEO of Cavendish Kinetics. "The low-loss, small size and high performance of our RF MEMS Tuners was the perfect enabler for the unique dual antenna tuning solution in the Z9, where we used two tuners for the dual-band, single-feed antenna, enabling peak efficiencies across the entire set of LTE bands."

 

About nubia

nubia is the premium brand of ZTE Corporation. It was launched in October 2012. nubia brand is independently managed and differentiated by a separate team from the ZTE brand. nubia is focused on high-end open markets, with development around the world and is favored by consumers through its differentiation on concept, design, price, advertisement, and service.

 

About Cavendish Kinetics

Cavendish Kinetics (www.cavendish-kinetics.com) is the leading provider of high-performance RF MEMS antenna tuning solutions for smartphones, handheld and wearable devices. Cavendish’s SmarTune devices feature a MIPI RFFE interface, have been qualified beyond 100 billion cycles and are shipping in volume since 2014. Cavendish Kinetics has offices in San Jose, CA, China, Korea, and the Netherlands.

Innovative RF MEMS antenna tuners leverage advanced wafer level packaging to provide OEMs with high quality chip scale packages

 

Singapore and San Jose, CA – 7 April 2015 – STATS ChipPAC Ltd. (“STATS ChipPAC” – SGX-ST: STATSChP), a leading provider of advanced semiconductor packaging and test services, today announced that Cavendish Kinetics, a leading provider of high performance RF MEMS tuning solutions for LTE smartphones and wearable devices, has adopted its advanced wafer level packaging technology to deliver Cavendish’s SmarTune™ RF MEMS tuners in the smallest possible form factor, as a 2mm2 chip scale package.

LTE smartphone original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are rapidly adopting antenna tuning solutions to be able to provide the required signal strength across the large number of LTE spectrum bands used globally. Cavendish’s SmarTune RF MEMS tuners outperform traditional RF silicon-on-insulator (SOI) switch-based antenna tuning solutions by 2-3dB, resulting in much higher data rates (up to 2x) and improved battery life (up to 40%). Cavendish RF MEMS tuner shipments are ramping aggressively and can now be found in six different smartphone models across China, Europe and North America, with many additional designs in development.

"Our RF MEMS tuners present demanding packaging requirements, including the need to deliver the smallest possible form factor in a process that protects the integrity of our hermetically sealed MEMS structure,” said Atul Shingal, Executive Vice President of Operations, Cavendish Kinetics. “STATS ChipPAC’s wafer level packaging platform provided advantages in package size, performance and scalability, and a proven, cost effective manufacturing process that supports our accelerating volume production.”

STATS ChipPAC provides a comprehensive platform of wafer level technology from Fan-in Wafer Level Packaging (FIWLP) to highly integrated Fan-out Wafer Level Packaging (FOWLP) solutions known as embedded Wafer Level Ball Grid Array (eWLB). Cavendish Kinetics and STATS ChipPAC are jointly working to utilize the inherent benefits of wafer level packaging technology to drive further RF antenna tuning innovations for the smartphone market.

“Through our successful partnership, Cavendish Kinetics has been able to implement their current generation industry leading MEMS-based antenna tuning solution. In future products, we will be able to provide Cavendish Kinetics with options for greater functional integration and silicon partitioning capabilities that are only feasible with our industry leading fan-out eWLB technology,” said Dr. Rajendra Pendse, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, STATS ChipPAC.

About Cavendish Kinetics

Cavendish Kinetics is the leading provider of high-performance RF MEMS antenna tuning solutions for smartphones, handheld and wearable devices. Cavendish’s SmarTune devices feature a MIPI RFFE interface, have been qualified beyond 100 billion cycles and are shipping in volume since 2014. Cavendish Kinetics has offices in San Jose, CA, China, Korea, Taiwan, and the Netherlands.

About STATS ChipPAC Ltd.

STATS ChipPAC Ltd. (SGX-ST Code: S24) is a leading service provider of semiconductor packaging design, assembly, test and distribution solutions in diverse end market applications including communications, digital consumer and computing. With global headquarters in Singapore, STATS ChipPAC has design, research and development, manufacturing or customer support offices throughout Asia, the United States and Europe. STATS ChipPAC is listed on the SGX-ST. Further information is available at www.statschippac.com. Information contained in this website does not constitute a part of this release.

Cavendish’s SmarTune™ Antenna Tuning Solution now shipping in 5 smartphone models

 

SAN JOSE – March 17, 2015 – Today Cavendish Kinetics, the leader in high-performance RF MEMS tuning solutions, announced that its SmarTune™ antenna tuning solution is gaining significant traction in the LTE smartphone market, after the first OEM adopted Cavendish’s SmarTune solution at the end of 2014. Now shipping in 5 different smartphone models the new design wins address difficult LTE spectrum band combinations, especially the 2GHz band required in the Chinese market and the 700/800MHz bands required by many European and North American operators. For the first time Cavendish’s SmarTune solution is also used to optimize the performance of the LTE MIMO antenna.

Now that most OEM’s recognize the benefit of aperture tuning over impedance matching, they are finding that Cavendish’s SmarTune solution allows them to design very small, highly efficient antennas that are needed to enable ever slimmer smartphones, without sacrificing radio performance. Cavendish’s RF MEMS Tuners outperform traditional SOI switch based antenna tuning solutions by 2-3dB, resulting in much higher data rates (up to 2x) and improved battery life (up to 40%). For network operators the SmarTune enabled devices provide more efficient spectrum utilization as increased data rates allow more users to be served in the same amount of spectrum. Optimizing the MIMO performance in smartphones further improves user data rates and network efficiency.

“The fast growing number of design-wins for our SmarTune antenna tuning solutions underscores the superior performance and unparalleled reliability of our RF MEMS Tuners compared to all other tuning solutions,” said Lars Johnsson, Vice President Product Marketing, Cavendish Kinetics. “The 2-3dB of additional performance that our RF MEMS tuners enable makes a critical difference to ensure that the new generation of ultra-slim smartphones can have outstanding radio performance across the global LTE spectrum footprint”.

 

About Cavendish Kinetics (www.cavendish-kinetics.com)

Cavendish Kinetics is the leading provider of high-performance RF MEMS antenna tuning solutions for smartphones, handheld and wearable devices. Cavendish’s SmarTune devices feature a MIPI RFFE interface, have been qualified beyond 100 billion cycles and are shipping in volume since 2014. Cavendish Kinetics has offices in San Jose, CA, China, Korea, Taiwan, and the Netherlands.

SmarTune RF MEMS Tuners surpass 100 Billion Cycle Lifetime Testing

Reliability Milestone opens new applications for RF MEMS that are currently served by SOI Switches

 

SAN JOSE, Calif.  – January 14, 2015:  Cavendish Kinetics, the leader in high-performance RF MEMS tuning solutions for mobile and wearable devices, today announced that the company’s SmarTune™ RF MEMS tuners have passed 100 billion cycle lifetime testing.

“Reliability concerns have been a major adoption hurdle for RF MEMS for tuning, but Cavendish has worked hard to make reliability a non-issue, allowing OEMs to provide better performing smartphones using RF MEMS antenna tuners,” said Chris Taylor, Director - RF & Wireless Components, Strategy Analytics. “Most LTE smart phones use antenna tuning to meet OEM’s and operators’ performance targets across multiple bands, which has been a big challenge.  Compared to tuners fabricated in CMOS SOI and GaAs p-HEMT technology, RF MEMS can provide substantially lower insertion loss and higher Q for better antenna performance.”

SmarTune RF MEMS antenna tuning solutions have a MIPI RFFE interface and improve the mobile user experience by reducing dropped calls, increasing the speed of data connections, and extending the battery life of mobile devices. Being able to provide LTE smartphone antenna tuners with virtually unlimited lifetime further increases the attraction of Cavendish’s SmarTune technology.

“Many OEM’s who have previously implemented antenna tuning using SOI switches are able to double the radiated performance of their LTE devices when using our low-loss RF MEMS antenna tuners,” said Lars Johnsson, Vice President Product Marketing, Cavendish Kinetics. “Passing 100 Billion cycles with zero failures has proven that our SmarTune RF MEMS antenna tuners deliver both the performance and the reliability required for large-scale adoption.”

For more information about Cavendish’s SmarTune RF MEMS solutions, visit: www.cavendish-kinetics.com.

About Cavendish Kinetics

Cavendish Kinetics is the leading provider of high-performance RF tuning solutions for mobile devices in the global wireless industry. Cavendish’s SmarTuners have been qualified beyond 100 billion cycles and are shipping in volume since 2014. Cavendish Kinetics has offices in San Jose, CA, Korea, Taiwan, China, and the Netherlands.

Cavendish Kinetics secures funding to accelerate the growth of the RF MEMS market

Company also appoints Gilles Delfassy to Board of directors

 

SAN JOSE, Calif.  – November 11, 2014: Cavendish Kinetics, the leading provider of high-performance RF MEMS tuning solutions for mobile and wearable devices, today announced the closing of a $7 million funding round as well as the appointment of Gilles Delfassy to its board of directors. The round was co-led by Tallwood Venture Capital and Wellington Partners, with participation from Qualcomm Ventures and other existing investors.

The funding will be used to support Cavendish’s growing number of customer design-wins, following Cavendish’s first commercial product launch earlier this year. The nubia Z7 LTE smartphone for China Mobile uses Cavendish’s RF MEMS tuner to exceed China Mobile’s radio performance requirements for the 2GHz LTE frequency bands.

“The explosive growth of smartphones and wireless network traffic is driving the use of additional spectrum, which traditional smartphones cannot support efficiently. Cavendish’s innovative RF MEMS solutions are dramatically improving smartphone connection speed and battery life over the entire LTE spectrum, resolving this conundrum.” said Paul Dal Santo, CEO of Cavendish Kinetics. “The continued support of our investors and the addition of industry veteran Gilles Delfassy to our board is a strong endorsement of our roadmap and achievements thus far.”

Gilles Delfassy is a highly experienced and respected expert in the semiconductor and mobile/wireless industry. He began his career with Texas Instruments, where he created and built the company’s wireless business, which has helped to shape the industry. He has also served as president and CEO of ANADIGICS and ST-Ericsson.

“The growth opportunities for Cavendish are very exciting as the wireless industry is beginning to push for better radio performance,” said Delfassy. “Cavendish solutions have the potential to disrupt the LTE RF component market by significantly improving signal strength, data throughput and battery life of mobile devices.”

About Cavendish Kinetics

Cavendish Kinetics (www.cavendish-kinetics.com) is the leading provider of high-performance RF tuning solutions for mobile devices in the global wireless industry. Cavendish’s SmarTuners have been qualified beyond 50 billion cycles and are shipping in volume since 2014. Cavendish Kinetics has offices in San Jose CA, Korea, Taiwan, China and The Netherlands.

nubia adopts Cavendish Kinetics' SmarTune Antenna Tuning Solution for its new Z7 LTE SMartphone

SmarTune™ boosts data rates, improves network connections and lowers power consumption

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. and BEIJING, China – October 08, 2014: Cavendish Kinetics, a provider of high-performance RF tuning solutions for mobile devices, and nubia, the premium smartphone brand of ZTE Corporation, announced today that nubia’s new Z7 includes a 3rd Generation smart antenna that is powered by Cavendish Kinetics’ revolutionary SmarTune™ antenna tuning solution.”

"The nubia Z7 smartphone is the most innovative design on the market," said Ni Fei, CEO of nubia. “One of these innovations is the use of Cavendish Kinetics’ SmarTune antenna tuning solution, which allowed our designers to enable the radio performance of our flagship smartphone to deliver unparalleled data rates and battery life.”

nubia’s Z7 flagship boasts a thin, metal unibody and rich 5.5 inch HD display and also supports all LTE/3G/2G bands in China, spanning frequencies from 850MHz all the way to 2.7GHz. In order to be able to support this band-plan within the constraints of its ultra-thin metal-frame design, nubia chose Cavendish’s SmarTune Antenna Tuning solution because of its unique ability to improve the signal strength, increase data throughput, and extend the battery life of the device.

"Our revolutionary SmarTune antenna tuning solution controls the electrical characteristics of the antenna and optimizes its performance by shifting its resonating frequency, so that it is always optimally matched to the operating frequency," said Paul Dal Santo, CEO of Cavendish Kinetics. "This enabled nubia to design its Z7 flagship with a smaller antenna while achieving a level of radio performance previously reserved for much larger structures. With our new SmarTune solutions, antenna designers no longer have to compromise between size and performance."

SmarTune Antenna Tuning solutions are based on Cavendish’s revolutionary MEMS SmarTuners, which provide an industry leading ‘Quality-Factor’ (>200), have near zero insertion loss, and enable antennas to tune across all LTE frequencies. Cavendish’s SmarTuners have proven their accuracy and reliability in over 50 billion cycles of testing. In addition, the SmarTuners are only 2 mm2 in size and do not require other components, which makes them easy to implement.

About Cavendish Kinetics

Cavendish Kinetics (www.cavendish-kinetics.com) is the leading provider of high-performance RF tuning solutions for mobile devices in the global wireless industry. Cavendish’s SmarTuners have been qualified beyond 50 billion cycles and are shipping in volume since 2014. Cavendish Kinetics has offices in San Jose CA, Korea, Taiwan, China and The Netherlands.