Making Smartphones Smarter
Remember the old mobile phones that drained batteries quickly, had painfully slow data speeds, and could only work in certain locations?
ParkerVision is the company that helped change that.
In the late 90’s we invented Energy Transfer Sampling, also referred to as “Direct to Data” or D2D. This patented innovation created an entirely new RF downconverter that replaced what had been used for nearly 100 years in receivers and for decades in mobile phones.
(It is the “downconverter” which processes the RF carrier signal to a lower frequency signal where it is practical to extract the data that has been carried.)
ParkerVision’s D2D technology enabled RF receivers to be built from low-cost computer chips that use little power, have the agility to work over worldwide bands of radio frequencies, and can process high data rates for streaming video.
ParkerVision also invented Pulse Shaping Upconversion a complementary RF transmitter technology to Energy Transfer Sampling downconversion.
ParkerVision’s patented innovations resulted in the smallest computer chips ever produced for making wireless transceivers that run at the lowest voltages and use little power, allowing performance now taken for granted by billions of users daily.
A Smartphone using ParkerVision’s technologies can seamlessly operate over all mobile cellphone standards and frequencies anywhere in the world.
Billions of Smartphones, WiFi devices, Satellite communications, and numerous other wireless products shipping today use ParkerVision’s down- and upconversion technologies.
The genius of ParkerVision’s D2D patented technology is in every Smartphone we use today – the result of more than $100 million that Parkervision invested, employing 70 highly–compensated US-based chip designers, wireless communications experts, lab technicians, and engineers.
A Large Bump in The Road
Our patented technology continues to work exceptionally well—for proof, pick up your phone and make a call or watch a movie—but the intermediate beneficiaries of our inventions . . . the folks who sold you your phone and/or some of their suppliers . . . refused to pay us for it, forcing ParkerVision to lay off most of its team and hire patent attorneys instead. This was the last thing we had wanted to do.
With the seemingly endless litigation now finally nearing a potentially favorable result (see below), shareholders have asked: “What would ParkerVision DO with the cash it hopes to receive?”
The short answer: We’d go back to work.
And we have a big head start.
Before ParkerVision was forced to curtail its R&D, the Company continued to develop patented wireless technology:
- ParkerVision has found a way to reduce one of the most power-consuming functions of wireless portable devices: getting the RF signal from the wireless device to the cell tower. ParkerVision has re-invented how this can be done. What is now commonly a low energy efficient process will be up to 75-90% efficient. The more wireless data usage by a device, the greater will be the battery-life improvement end users will enjoy.
- ParkerVision has invented new antenna technology that further improves how wireless devices operate in crowded environments, enhancing both reliability and range.
- ParkerVision has reimagined how data can be processed in wireless devices to further increase speed and reduce power consumption.
Once ParkerVision’s right to equitable license fees has been established in court, it is the Company’s intention to license these additional innovations on terms favorable to both the Company and its licensees.
So: What will ParkerVision do with compensation it may receive from the current litigation?
It will rebuild its team of researchers and engineers to bring these latest technologies to market and to invent new technologies that advance the performance of the growing 5G and 6G wireless ecosystem—technologies developed and designed in the USA.
Faster, smaller, better, and less expensive.
And yes, depending on the resources available, it may reward its shareholders with a dividend. No nation can enjoy vibrant innovation without rewarding inventors via enforceable patents—or investors via attractive returns.