MagnaCom’s WAM Technology to Impact Every Aspect of the Communications Industry

– Cellular, Wi-Fi, Cableco, Telco & Satco Pay TV, Telco & Cableco Broadband
– ‘Can Help Alleviate the World’s Spectrum Congestion and the Insatiable Demand for More Bandwidth’
– WAM Systems Are Already in Lab Tests

Some things once sounded too good to be true such as broadband delivered music, movies and TV shows, Wi-Fi, cellular phones and touchscreen tablets. Now they are accepted as commonplace.

MagnaCom says its well-patented and -trademarked WAM modulation technology is a whole new communications technology that can “help alleviate the global spectrum congestion and the world’s insatiable demand for more bandwidth.” It said, “WAM impacts cellular, Wi-Fi, satellite and cable TV, wireless backhaul, cable and DSL modems, long and short haul fiber and numerous other applications. WAM technology applies to carriers, handset manufacturers, and any wired and wireless system OEMs, and communication IC vendors who strive to save spectrum, increase bandwidth, speed and distance or reduce power consumption.”

It said WAM “can enhance virtually all wired and wireless applications, and most importantly – is backward compatible to all legacy QAM systems, while not requiring any changes to the antennae, radio or RF.”

MagnaCom says WAM technology “is a revolutionary technology that can save spectrum and power, while increasing bandwidth, speed and distance, for state-of-the-art wired and wireless devices.”

MagnaCom, founded in Israel two years ago, will demonstrate WAM at CES.

It says WAM uses the exact same analog and RF circuits as QAM and so does not require any analog or mixed-signal re-design. It’s also tiny, using less than 1 square millimeter of space for the full 10dB benefit. That allows for a low-cost and low-power transmitter design.

MagnaCom says WAM provides these benefits over today’s legacy QAM systems:
– Up to 400% the distance
– Up to 50% lower power usage
– Up to 50% spectrum savings
– Major increase in speed
– Better noise tolerance
– Lower manufacturing cost and easier design
– 100% backward compatible
– Up to 10dB system gain advantage

All of those would help MagnaCom’s targeted industries.

MagnaCom says, “WAM’s disruptive capability is critical for any wireless and wired carrier, wireless or wired communication OEM, and ultimately any handset manufacturer. WAM technology impacts cellular, Wi-Fi, satellite and cable TV, wireless backhaul, cable and DSL modems, fiber infrastructure and numerous other applications.”

That sounds like every communications technology will be impacted, a tall order for a single technology!

Yossi Cohen, co-founder and CEO of MagnaCom, said in a statement, “By accelerating our rate of innovation and making it readily available to our customers, we plan to usher in a new class of vastly superior networks that have the potential to revolutionize digital communications. As the industry races to achieve new performance levels, MagnaCom has just planted our flag on the highest peak: enabling the world’s highest capacity wireless network. Emerging devices such as wearables and IoT [Internet of Things] will mandate a radical improvement in network efficiency, speed, and capacity. We have a vision for helping the mobile industry meet this challenge naturally, while preserving backward compatibility with all existing devices and networks.”

As we went to press we talked to Cohen who assured us that the WAM technology is real and performs as promised. He said WAM can handle 16 times as much data as QAM does.

The company, he said, has several WAM-based systems installed in lab trials at phone companies. We got the impression that they were mobile phone companies although Cohen would not say specifically. Cellcos are very interested, as the entire industry knows, in handling larger cellular volumes over their backhaul from the cellular towers to which mobile phones connect. The number of mobile phones in use has increased. People are using them more. 4G is replacing 3G. People are watching more cellular-delivered videos and soon cellcos will have 4K content to deal with.

To be fully effective, the WAM technology will have to be in devices at both ends of the communications, Cohen said. That’s easier, quicker and less expensive to do in backhaul applications rather than embedding WAM in every cell phone, tablet, set- and net-top box and router. That’s one reason the backhaul application is immediately appealing.

Cohen was previously a senior executive with both Broadcom and Motorola. He said the company has been funded by private individuals rather than by companies or venture capital firms.

The company said separately that it’s already “engaged with multiple global technology leaders and is also promoting WAM into 5G, Wi-Fi and related industry work-groups, aiming for broader adoption in the coming years.”

It also said it “has assembled a world-class team of scientists, executives and advisors from Broadcom, Qualcomm, Motorola Mobility (acquired by Google), Texas Instruments, Intel, ST Microelectronics and Passif Semiconductor (acquired by Apple).

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