SkyCross antennas outfit devices for Verizon 4G

A partnership between the two companies sees SkyCross wireless antennas showing up in 4G tablets and other devices tapping into Verizon Wireless's 4G LTE network.

Lance Whitney Contributing Writer
Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books--one on Windows and another on LinkedIn.
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LAS VEGAS--Wireless antenna maker SkyCross announced today at CES a partnership with Verizon Wireless that brings wireless connectivity to certain devices running on the carrier's 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network.

SkyCross antennas are being used in tablets from Acer and Cisco, a home automation control system from Ionics, and other devices being demonstrated this week at Verizon Wireless's Innovation Center CES booth. Acer's tablet is using an LTE MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) antenna, the Cisco Cius tablet uses an iMAT (isolated mode antenna technology) LTE antenna, and the Ionics product is incorporating an iMAT antenna.

MIMO uses multiple antennas to deliver a stronger signal, while iMAT uses a single antenna that can provide the power and performance of multiple antennas without the risk of interference. iMAT also supports up to 10 different frequencies for one single device, including those for 2G, 3G, and broadband Wi-Fi.

"We are delighted and honored that Verizon Wireless recognized SkyCross leadership in LTE antenna design and invited us to help enable devices on its LTE network," SkyCross CEO Ben Naskar said in a statement. "We know of no other radio-frequency solutions provider with the commercial technologies available to provide this service."

Verizon Wireless officially launched its 4G LTE network last month, with coverage in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other markets.