Press Release

NYU WIRELESS and SiBEAM Partner to Advance Wireless 5G Technologies


SUNNYVALE, Calif. and BROOKLYN, N.Y., April 6, 2015 – NYU WIRELESS and SiBEAM announced today that SiBEAM has joined the university research center as an industrial-affiliate sponsor of fundamental research that is creating the next generation of wireless technologies, also known as “5G.”

The announcement comes as the Federal Communications Commission explores the potential of mobile radio services in the millimeter-wave (mmWave) radio spectrum—an area in which NYU WIRELESS is developing the fundamental science and mathematical channel models needed to develop 5G equipment and in which SiBEAM is a technological leader and industry pioneer of semiconductor solutions.

Researchers around the world are envisioning that new technology using the mmWave spectrum could increase today’s mobile data capacity by a thousand-fold or more—essential for meeting demand that will explode by 60 percent or more annually for decades to come. The use of the mmWave spectrum is emerging as practical through the pioneering radio propagation and system simulation work at 
NYU WIRELESS and SiBEAM’s mmWave semiconductor products. 

The New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering launched NYU WIRELESS in August 2012. Focused on mass-deployable wireless devices across a wide range of applications and markets, NYU WIRELESS is the first university center to combine wireless, computing, and medical applications research. NYU WIRELESS includes more than 20 faculty members and 100 graduate students from the NYU School of Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the NYU Langone School of Medicine. SiBEAM is the 13th industrial-affiliate sponsor of the research center.

“It is exciting to have SiBEAM join our board of industrial affiliate sponsors, and we look forward to working closely to improve knowledge and capabilities of millimeter-wave technologies,” said Professor Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, NYU WIRELESS director and founder. “Partnering with an industry leader such as SiBEAM will benefit both entities, as we seek to move the wireless world up in bandwidth and in carrier frequency.” Rappaport holds the David Lee/Ernst Weber Chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the NYU School of Engineering, as well as appointments at Courant and the Department of Radiology at NYU Langone Medical School.

SiBEAM is a pioneer and leader in developing intelligent millimeter-wave technologies for wireless communications. The company pioneered CMOS RF (complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor radio frequency) technology research and was first to ship wireless semiconductor integrated circuits in mass volume for wireless, high-definition audio and video connections in the consumer electronics, personal computers, and mobile market segments. SiBEAM is driving next-generation architecture and semiconductor implementation of wireless connectivity solutions in the consumer electronics, mobile, enterprise, and infrastructure markets.

“We are pleased to engage with NYU WIRELESS toward our common goal of introducing solutions that accelerate deployment of the fifth generation of wireless,” said SiBEAM President Khurram Sheikh. “SiBEAM’s vision of universally available gigabit wireless interactivity encompasses millimeter-wave solutions that provide coverage from centimeters to hundreds of meters—and we expect this collaboration with NYU WIRELESS will greatly extend the possibilities of wireless reach.”

Both SiBEAM and NYU WIRELESS recently filed public comments in response to the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry aimed at exploring the potential of mobile radio services in bands above 24 GHz. NYU WIRELESS filed recommendations on global competitiveness and regulation, safety, and feasibility and timing as it seeks to shape and accelerate the 5G future for the benefit of individuals, society, and the economy by opening up currently unimagined technology and business models. The full text of the NYU WIRELESS comments to the FCC is available at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=60001008420 with supporting documents at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=60001008434. SiBEAM’s comments are at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=60001008938.

Hundreds of international thought-leaders on the topic will gather for the Brooklyn 5G Summit which will be held April 8-10, 2015, and Khurram Sheikh, President of SiBEAM, will share the company’s vision of “Enabling 5G Gigabit Interactivity Everywhere” during the RFIC Technology for Massive MIMO panel discussion on April 10th from 13:00 to 14:45. SiBEAM will also actively participate in NYU WIRELESS-sponsored industry-academia-government meetings and conferences. In addition, it plans to collaborate on advanced research and technical trials of 5G technologies.


About SiBEAM, Inc.


SiBEAM is a pioneer in developing intelligent millimeter wave technologies for wireless communications. The company was the first to build 60GHz chipsets using standard CMOS technology. SiBEAM is a global leader in driving next-generation architecture and semiconductor implementation of wireless connectivity solutions in the consumer electronics, mobile, enterprise and infrastructure markets. SiBEAM is a Lattice Semiconductor company. For more information, visit sibeaminc.com.

About NYU WIRELESS

NYU WIRELESS is a multi-disciplinary academic research center that offers an unprecedented and unique set of skills. Centered at New York University’s Brooklyn engineering location and involving faculty and students throughout the entire NYU community, NYU WIRELESS offers its faculty and students a world-class research environment that is creating the fundamental theories and techniques for next-generation mass-deployable wireless devices across a wide range of applications and markets. This center combines NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering program with NYU’s world-class School of Medicine and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and offers a depth of expertise with unparalleled capabilities for the creation of new wireless circuits and systems as well as new health care solutions for the wireless industry. For more information, visit nyuwireless.com.

About the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn.