Research and Development of Smart Watch Antenna Module Components
Organization: Industrial Development Bureau, MOEA Publish Date: 2017-01-23 11:19
The Industrial Development Bureau Traditional Industry Reformation Promotion Project is bringing together domestic juristic institutions and antenna component-related businesses to form the Wearable Devices Synchronization Wireless Communication Module R&D Alliance, and to jointly invest in the development of the 4G LTE and NFC antenna modules used in smart watches. The aim is to secure a beachhead in the hope of tapping into the supply chain of major international wearable device brands within a short amount of time.
Currently, smart watches must utilize Bluetooth antennas to connect via smart phones, relying on apps on smart phones to conduct individual health management, message dispatching and leisure activities. According to surveys, smart watch users look forward to seeing their product obtain additional communication and payment functions to replace smart phones. Yet the general size of smart watches is a great deal smaller than that of smart phones. Existing antenna module components used in smart phones cannot be integrated into watches.
In light of this situation, in late 2016, the Industrial Development Bureau collaborated with the Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, the Industrial Technology Research Institute and domestic companies in the fields of antenna component design, production and facilities to establish the R&D alliance. Starting this year, the alliance is taking advantage of laser-induced metallization 3D circuit technology under the Industrial Development Bureau’s guidance to jointly develop microminiaturized multilayer antenna module components pioneering the integration of 4G LTE and NFC antenna modules into the next generation of smart watches.
According to a survey conducted by the IDC, the global production volume of smart wearable devices for last year was roughly 102 million units, showing an annual increase of over 100%. Among these, wrist devices comprised a significant proportion, over 80%. The Wearable Devices Synchronization Wireless Communication Module developed by the alliance promises to introduce a new wave of growth to the smart watch market. In the future, it may also be applied to the microminiature antenna modules required by the Internet of Things, bringing even more opportunities for the growth of the industry.