VIDEO: Liquid Crystal Based Electronically Reconfigurable Antenna for 5G Networks
by Blogs & Opinions
The Queen's University Belfast's research engineers are working on a new class of electronically reconfigurable beam scanning antennas, made with liquid crystals (LC) to work at microwave, mmWave and Terahertz frequencies. The power consumption, weight, size and loss of these antennas are much lower than for a conventional reflector antennas.
This new LC antenna technology can be used in 5G wireless backhaul networks for point-to-point links instead of conventional reflectors. They are ideal for mass production, as the cheaper LC material of the antenna allows for a lower production cost and price, which enables faster deployment by mobile operators and earlier launch of 5G networks beyond 6GHz.