News | Dec 20, 2017

High-tech antenna manufacturer licenses Navy technology

Global business innovates with technology developed in U.S. defense laboratory

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TechLink identified a high-value antenna technology developed by the Navy and facilitated its transfer to Taoglas for product development. (Pixabay)

SAN DIEGO ­­– Taoglas, a leading provider of Internet of Things and automotive antenna products, today announced the successful completion of a patent license agreement with the U.S. Navy.

With assistance from TechLink, Taoglas licensed an improved broadband circular polarized antenna invented at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island.

The novel microstrip patch antenna was submitted for a patent by the Navy in 2016 and enables significantly broadened bandwidth – it has greater information-carrying capacity while maintaining signal quality in a small package.

This capability enables multiple frequency bands or diverse, multiple functions from a single antenna (e.g., satellite telephone and GPS) coupled with higher data transfer rates.

Taoglas co-CEO Dermot O'Shea

Taoglas co-CEO Dermot O’Shea (courtesy Taoglas)

“As Taoglas continues to increases its global presence as a leading RF and antenna company, the Navy is a perfect partner to continue innovating and elevating our product performance,” said Dermot O’Shea, co-CEO of Taoglas.

Typical applications of Taoglas patch antennas include mobile phones, unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous ground vehicles, and marine and agriculture navigation.

And Taoglas already provides advanced antenna and RF solutions to the world’s leading wireless and IoT companies. With five world-class design, support and test centers in Ireland, Germany, Taiwan, and the USA, Taoglas works with its customers to provide the best solution for their unique antenna and RF challenges, quickly and easily.

In-house manufacturing in Taiwan and USA enable Taoglas to deliver the highest quality products from LTE to GNSS, DSRC, and NFC and beyond to 5G.

TechLink, the Department of Defense’s national partnership intermediary, specializes in brokering patent license agreements between businesses and defense laboratories that have technology available for product development.

“The Navy quickly processed this agreement in just over a month,” said Joan Wu-Singel, TechLink’s senior technology scout who brokered the agreement. “The deal just closed so now the company can begin development.”

Troy Carter can be reached at troy.carter@montana.edu or 406-994-7798.

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