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Tait launches new start-up company

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Tait launches new start-up company


11 January 2007, Christchurch, New Zealand

Tait Electronics Limited has spun-off part of its Group Research division working in the field of high spectral efficiency radio, as a separate company within the Tait Group. MiMOMax Wireless Limited is made up of 14 employees who formerly worked on advanced wireless technologies for Tait Electronics Limited. The two companies remain part of the Tait Group of companies, owned by the Tait Trusts.

Tait has been at the cutting edge of the emerging Multiple Input / Multiple Output (MiMO) and Space Time coded radio technologies which allow large quantities of data to be sent at high speed over wireless networks. An example application could be a utility company spread across varied terrain wanting real-time monitoring of resources and distribution networks.

"Part of what we're good at here at Tait is to take emerging radio technologies and turn them into workable solutions," said Michael Chick, Managing Director of Tait Electronics. "Tait is a specialist in radio communications for niche markets within the public safety, utilities and transport sectors. But customers, applications and business models might be very different for our new "little brother". So MiMOMax will act as a start-up, go its own way and exploit the huge potential within that emerging technology," added Michael.

Paul Daigneault, Managing Director of MiMOMax Wireless Limited and Doug McConnell, Chief Technology Officer are formerly Tait executives who are excited by the change. "There's more to innovation than the cutting edge technologies our guys have been exploring. Setting up MiMOMax as a separate entity and moving those engineers over to a completely new structure is a prime example of organisational innovation to tackle new markets and segments," says Paul Daigneault.

MiMOMax will initially share premises and some facilities with Tait Electronics in Christchurch, New Zealand. Tait continues to employ its own substantial research and development team which delivers leading analogue and digital PMR solutions.

TECHNICAL BACKGROUND

In normal circumstances, multiple signals on the same radio channels generally interfere with each other in many different ways, often making reception impossible for standard receivers. However by using MiMO transceivers (Multiple Input Multiple Output) in conjunction with very high power digital signal processing techniques, it is possible to resolve the different information encapsulated in the different radio signals and then recombine these intelligently in a manner that dramatically improves information throughput.

Thanks to the support of Tait management and funding through New Zealand's Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, MiMOMax is ahead of competition because it has working narrow band products today. The application of MiMO technology has the potential to provide the next breakthrough in throughput and spectral efficiency. Such efficiency is vital as the world "goes wireless" while the radio spectrum remains finite.


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