Date: March 22, 2017
Monarch's engineers manufactured a small tunable 4G antenna for handsets operating in the 700-800MHz band. Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation supplied the radio frequency relays that enabled tuning of the antenna across the frequency spectrum. Critical part of the design is the use of bare-die version of the relays that were wire-bonded to the antenna board thereby minimizing the parasitic effects. The low on-state resistance of the Peregrine's relays is responsible for high radiation efficiency of the antenna. Three relays provide eight (2^3=8) tuning states, each of which provides communication over a channel 15MHz wide. Inside the handset, the antenna is controlled by the base-band processor, which tunes it to a particular channel or searches through tuning states to recover from detuning. Narrow-band nature of the antenna also makes it more efficient than a passive antenna counterpart covering the entire 700-800Mhz band. An efficient antenna provides better signal-to-noise ratio and hence better connectivity, faster downloads and longer battery life. A demo board is available upon request from the Contact page. See the Slides for mode detail.
Date: July 19, 2015
Dr. Özdemir of Monarch presented a paper titled "Frequency Tunable Antenna for LTE (4G) Handsets Operating in the 2.3-2.7GHz Global Roaming Band" at the 2015 IEEE AP-S Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and URSI CNC/USNC Joint Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on July 19-25, 2015. The paper covers the design and prototyping of Monarch's first embedded tunable antenna for smart phones. For more information on the symposium, click here. For a pdf copy of the paper, click here.
Date: July 8, 2014
Virtual EM Inc. and Monarch Antenna, Inc. signed a licensing agreement for commercializing Monarch's Self-Structuring Antenna (SSA) technology for U.S. government customers including defense and space. The agreement gives Virtual EM exclusive rights to develop prototypes utilizing Monarch's SSA technology under Small Business Initiative Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) projects and sell products to the U.S. government. Monarch will retain rights for non-governmental markets including automotive and consumer wireless. More detail is given in the Press Release.
Date: January 17, 2014
Monarch completed its participation in a five-year NIST-TIP project titled "Cyber-Enabled Wireless Monitoring Systems for the Protection of Deteriorating National Infrastructure Systems" (2009-2014). During the project, Monarch improved two of its existing antenna products (GEN 1 and GEN 2) and developed two new products aimed at improving wireless link quality in sensor networks. Though the motivation of the project was monitoring deterioration of nation's infrastructure (bridges), the antenna solutions developed by Monarch have uses in any wireless application where a smart antenna would be beneficial. Details of the four antenna products are given in the Project Summary.
Date: April 30, 2013
Monarch completed the design and manufacturing of its first generation embedded tunable antenna for smart phones for LTE global roaming band of 2.3-2.7GHz. Antenna measures 16mm x 16mm x 4mm and has the ability to fine-tune to any of the sixteen possible sub-bands with 20-40MHz instantaneous bandwidths each at a speed of 200 nano-seconds. The same tuning ability also allows the antenna to recover from extreme detuning (as bad as VSWR of 20) without appreciable degradation in efficiency and could be operated in either open or closed-loop arrangements. The design is based on Monarch's patented self-structuring antenna technology and its tuning technology is much more efficient than the competing impedance matching approaches. More detail is given in the White Paper.
Date: December 3, 2012
Monarch completed development of a wearable antenna for soldiers using a flexible substrate and worn under a vest. Antenna operates in the unlicensed ISM band of 2.4-2.48GHz and is currently being redesigned to print it on a flexible polymer substrate. Proprietary document with more details is available and interested parties can request it by sending an email to .
Date: October 29, 2010
Monarch completed the design and manufacturing of its GEN 2C antenna, which provides poarization and beam diversity aided by an optimization algorithm. Development of the GEN 2C antenna was partly funded by a NIST-TIP prpject, which involves monitoring of deterioration of the nation's infrastructure. Monarch's GEN 2C antenna will be installed on three bridges across the country for facilitating data collection from sensors developed by the University of Michigan. GEN 2C is 4" x 4"x 0.2" in size and operates in the 2.4GHz ISM band. Antenna reqires two independent 3V DC control lines to switch between two polarizations and two beams per polarization (total of four states).
Date: March 7-11, 2010
Mr. Larry Oberdier of Monarch will present a paper titled "Smart Antenna Technology for Structural Health Monitoring Applications" at the Smart Structures/NDE 2010 Conference to be held at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, California, USA, on March 7-11, 2010. The paper covers the progress made in development of the GEN 2C antenna funded under the NIST-TIP project. For more information on the symposium, click here. For a pdf copy of the paper, click here.
Date: September 1-2, 2009
Dr. Özdemir gave a workshop titled "Smart Antennas" at the 2009 Antenna Systems / Short-Range Wireless Symposium held on Sept. 1-2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Monarch also demonstrated its SSA technology for WiFi / ZigBee applications via GEN 1 and GEN 2 prototypes. For more information on the symposium, click here.
Date: June 15, 2009
Monarch was awarded a two-year subcontract by Virtual EM Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI) as part of a NASA Phase II STTR project for developing a multi-beam adaptive wearable antennas for astronauts based on Monarch's patented SSA technology.
Date: April 22, 2009
Dr. Özdemir gave two presentations titled " Polarization Diversity Cognitive Antenna for WiFi and ZigBee Applications" and " A Polarization Diversity Multi-Beam Antenna for ZigBee Applications" at WAMICON 2009 Conference held on April 20-21 in Clearwater, Florida. For more information on the conference, click here.
Date: April 16, 2009
A joint proposal, of which Monarch was part of, was selected for Phase II STTR award by NASA (Houston, TX) for developing multi-beam adaptive wearable antennas for astronauts to be used in 2014 missions to Moon. Proposal summary can be accessed at: sbir.gsfc.nasa. Virtual EM Inc will lead the effort while Purdue University and Monarch Antenna, Inc. are the subcontractors providing support on RF MEMS switches and self-structuring antenna (SSA) technology, respectively. The work is expected to begin in June, 2009.
Date: January 2009
Dr. Özdemir of Monarch was featured on the January/February 2009 issue of the Antenna Systems Magazine (along with executives of other leading antenna manufacturers), where he recapped the 2008 for Monarch and made predictions for 2009. To read the article, click here.
Date: January 6, 2009
Monarch has been awarded a five-year R&D contract through the NIST-TIP program as part of a joint venture led by the University of Michigan totalling $1M including the cost sharing. Monarch's GEN 3 SSA technology will power sensors for monitoring the health of nation's deteriorating infrastructure (bridges in particular).
Date: November 20, 2008
Monarch announces its GEN 2 antenna for WiFi and ZigBee applications. The antenna provides beam selection (4 beams) in addition to polarization diversity for improving SNR. The antenna provided an average of 9dB improvement in SNR in indoor measurements - Read more.
Date: September 25-26, 2008
Dr. Özdemir gave a presentation titled "A Cognitive Antenna for Wireless Applications" at the 2008 Antenna Systems / Short-Range Wireless Conference held on Sept. 25-26 in Austin, Texas. Monarch also demonstrated its GEN 1 antenna for automated meter reading applications. For more information on the conference: click here.
Date: September 5, 2008
Applied Mesh Technologies, a leading provider of wireless telemetry equipment, today announced the successful integration of Self-Structuring Antenna (SSA) technology provided by Monarch Antenna, Inc. - Click here
Date: February 5, 2008
Applied Mesh awards an R&D contract to integrate Monarch's GEN 1 antenna into their DCX product line for automated meter reading applications.
Date: January 21, 2008
Dr. Özdemir gave a workshop titled " Self-Structuring Antenna For Handsets" at the IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium held on January 21-25, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. For more information on the symposium, click here.
Date: January 31, 2008
Antenna Systems & Technology Magazine
Antenna Executives, including Antonio Luck of Monarch Antenna, recaps 2007 and makes predictions for 2008.
Date: September 15, 2007
Monarch releases its GEN 1 Polarization Diversity antenna for WiFi applications. The antenna provided an average of 5dB improvement in SNR compared to original PIFA in indoor measurements.
Date: August 24, 2007
Monarch Antenna Aims To Eliminate Dropped Mobile Phone Calls
Date: May 16, 2007
Dr. Özdemir, CTO of Monarch, pitched to venture capitalists and
angel investors at the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) held at
Marriott Resort at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti, MI, on May 16, 2007. For
more information on the conference: click here
Date: April 26-27, 2007
Dr. Özdemir, CTO of Monarch, presented the SSA technology at the
2007 Advanced Technology Review Board (ATRB) meeting held by
NAVAIR on April 18 at the Wyle Labs, Patuxent River, MD. For more
information on ATRB and technology selection process: click here
Date: April 23, 2007
Delphi Technologies Inc. Forms New Antenna Company
DTI seeks to commercialize innovative Self-Structuring Antenna technology