A team from Elva-Soft listened to our questions about millimeter wave components and were clear and concise in their answers. We were also impressed by their level of detail. We got a good sense of the company’s know-how regarding this technology. And we got a good feel for how they plan to use it, how it will be implemented and how it will provide benefits.
When we asked about their millimeter wave testing capability, they replied: “We currently operate five types of RF test systems, two for handheld devices and another for fixed installations. We have several prototype systems in development for handheld devices.” Specifically, the company would test handheld devices in compliance with FCC Particulate Matter (PM), low frequency ranges (LF) and total mobile mast limits (TM). The goal is to produce “100% cost effective, user-friendly products that can easily integrate with other electronic products.” Currently, the company is evaluating three such prototype product families.
They did not say what type of product or system they are currently evaluating. However, we could tell from the explanation above that they plan to utilize a combined effort of RF and oEM solutions to provide successful test results with the goal of providing a solution to the mobile telecommunications industry that is compliant with both FCC and EMC standards. In other words, they intend to provide a two-way multimode RF path within the PM category for both hand held and fixed devices. They will then proceed to develop a solution for the complete PM category.
This is not the first company to take such an approach. In fact, it was quite interesting to see their motivation in working so close to the FCC given the fact that their primary customer is the mobile communications industry. In the end, their goal was to demonstrate to the FCC and the entire mobile industry the benefits of implementing a quality millimeter wave experience in a mobile device. Their success will hopefully prompt other vendors to utilize this methodology successfully. The current evaluation allows them to make that happen.
The Elva-1 basically focused on producing customs designed millimeter wave equipment for global application. Their approach included millimeter system design and development, production capabilities and final inspection. The approach also involved a thorough analysis of their manufacturing environment, labor, and cost comparison with their competition. Because they chose to focus on the global market, the entire process became much more efficient and cost effective.
While we were not able to specifically observe any kind of debris during our walk through of the facility, we could notice that the millimeter-wave bandwidth offered by the Elva-1 RFID systems is extremely accurate and offers high levels of sensitivity. Their main goal was to demonstrate to the FCC their ability to handle a large amount of traffic in a low cost while maintaining accuracy at all times. They also need to prove to the FCC how their technology works and could detect debris or objects. While it might sound ridiculous, they needed to demonstrate how their technology operates so a FCC review could occur. If their demonstration is anything like the rest, it should be quite impressive.
Because the FCC requires products that can detect, isolate, and eliminate any potential objects, their examination process will provide another tool to help manufacturers succeed in their efforts. By examining and evaluating products on the market, companies will have a better understanding of what their competitors can offer. This allows them to develop a strategy that will allow them to compete more successfully. While it might be true that a company’s fod radar or millimeter wave components are the best available, it’s also true that other companies can offer products that are even better.
It’s clear that the company who can best demonstrate how their product operates will become the industry leader. With the correct technology, a company doesn’t need to rely on guesswork or rumors to establish their position. By utilizing the top technology, a company can display how their millimeter wave or fod radar operates and provide information to the FCC to help them design the best products possible.