World's Thinnest In-Motion Satellite TV Antenna to debut in Japanese automotive market
By Mike Hanlon
December 27, 2005
December 28, 2005 It makes sense that as the wireless phenomena unfolds, we’ll want access to our information wherever we are, no matter what we’re doing. We’ll want it on our handheld, and we’ll want it at home, and anywhere else where we spend our time – quite logically, for most of us, that will be when we are driving a car. RaySat produces in-motion, low profile, phased-array satellite antennas for the train and automotive markets. These antennas allow moving vehicles to receive live satellite television, and the company is the first to offer a low profile antenna solution for high-speed, two-way Internet connectivity. RaySat’s latest antenna receives BS/CS satellite broadcasts in vehicle and is ultra-low-profile at just 4cm (1.6") in height. One of these in your SUV means fishing in a mountain stream and watching the big game on Saturday night need not be mutually exclusive pursuits.
The antenna is 40cm (16") in diameter and 4cm (1.6") in height, is circular polarized and enables reception of all SD (standard definition), Free-to-Air and Skyperfect TV channels in JSAT 110 west BS/CS satellites all over Japan and the HD (High Definition) channels in the southern part of Japan.
The antenna will work with existing mobile TV receivers available for DVB-S and DVB-T in Japan, and is capable of being installed on vehicles where people have already installed the receiver as well as new installations of antenna and receivers for OEM and aftermarket channels.
"This is another demonstration of our unique low-profile technology," said Yoel Gat, Chairman and CEO of RaySat. "The antenna is the first-of-its-kind to scan the elevation angle electronically. We believe this new technology will enable us to introduce low-cost, low profile antennas for other world markets, most notably the US domestic market."
RaySat has successfully demonstrated the product for major channels in Japan and expects general availability for sale in major Japanese automotive retailers toward the end of 2006. RaySat will exhibit the product in CES 2006.