Pivotal Commware, inventors of Holographic Beam Formingâ¢ (HBF), a new technique designed to expand the capacity and spectral efficiency of 4G and 5G networks, has joined carriers and OEMs to hammer out 3GPP standards associated with 5G beamforming.
New technologies and millimeter wave spectrum allocations have made beamforming antennas both commercially feasible and necessary to deliver on 5G. Until 5G, antennas were directed by upper layer functionality. Now, software-defined antennas (SDAs) acquire information about the mobile user environment that determines beam shaping and steering, and negotiate as full partners with upper layers to optimize the link.
3G and 4G spectrum rely on limited antenna down-tilt functionality standardized outside of 3GPP by the Antenna Interface Standards Group (AISG). Because advanced beamforming will be integral to 5G, 3GPP is relying on Pivotal and other 3GPP delegates to define an abstraction layer of beam options supported by an open interface. This way, interoperability can be maximized among technology and component providers for integration in both network equipment and test equipment.
3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a collaborative project aimed at developing globally acceptable specifications for third generation (3G) mobile systems. The 3GPP caters to a large majority of the telecommunications networks in the world.
Pivotal Commware is bringing to market communications products based on Holographic Beam Forming technology. Incubated by Invention Science Fund, Pivotal Commware secured an initial funding round of USD 17 million in June 2017 with lead investments from The Thermo companies and DIG Investment, along with those from Bill Gates, Lux Capital, private equity investor Barry Sternlicht, and others. The company is privately held and headquartered in Kirkland, Washington.