Nokia (News - Alert), a developer of mobile communications hardware that hopes to pioneer the market of 4.5G and 4.9G wireless radios, recently announced that it has acquired Eta Devices, a company that specializes in power amplification for the type of hardware Nokia often uses in its production.
Eta amplifiers try to match the exact needs of mobile broadcast radios, so no extra power is consumed and therefore wasted as heat. Although the savings in one radio may be minimal, an entire country full of mobile hardware could see significant power savings – a lessening of the strain on power companies and the budgets of telecommunications operators. It can also create a positive impact on the development and use of 4.5G and 4.9G radios that Nokia has plans to release for commercial use.
As TMC (News - Alert) has noted in the article linked above, consumers may not see true 5G wireless until the beginning of the coming decade. Telecommunications companies and their partners, however, are pushing hard to stay true to that date. Nokia’s release of its 4.5G radio promises to extend the capability of 4G base stations and make the transition to 5G smoother for all parties involved. Nokia’s 4.5G Pro radios expand on the capabilities of its 4.5G units (already on the market) and will lead to the introduction of 4.9G radios that are expected to nearly mimic the introductory performance of 5G.
Nokia has stated that its 4.5G Pro units can allow consumers to reach data transfer speeds of more than 1 Gbps. In order for those and future units to perform efficiently, they must take their power consumption into consideration. Nokia said in its recent announcement that, due to its its commitment to efficiency, Eta will play a prominent role in that continuing effort. The use of Eta amplifiers are expected to extend the life of radios and other base station equipment because they place as little strain on that hardware as possible. This can result in less of a need for operators to rely on backup power and keep repairmen on standby for expected unit failures.
This is a big step for Eta, which was formed in 2010 and has risen from start-up status to a respected company with about 20 employees spread between locations in Sweden and the U.S. Nokia will gain Eta’s offices and its employees; it will also begin working with Eta’s existing companies. Nokia’s announcement indicates that Eta will continue to have a lot of freedom in the way it conducts its operations. Creations such as its power amplifiers have done enough already to impress one of the most well known telecommunications companies in the world. If that pattern is to continue, continued freedom is certainly warranted.
Edited by Alicia Young