New lab and office in The 15 Building features state-of-the-art RF anechoic chamber for advanced wireless testing
MINNEAPOLIS – April 24, 2019 – Taoglas, a leading provider of IoT antenna and RF solutions, today announced the opening of its new downtown Minneapolis facility to support the increasing demand for its products and services for development of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and solutions. The new facility, located on the first floor of The 15 Building in downtown Minneapolis, features a state-of-the-art antenna and RF test and design laboratory including a large 15 meter anechoic chamber. This is the latest taoglas location to receive an upgrade and the first such facility in the Mid West dedicated to the IoT market.
Founded in 2004 with global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and U.S. headquarters in San Diego, Taoglas has nine facilities around the globe with approximately 350 employees worldwide. The new location will support the growing demand for Taoglas antennas and RF solutions in the Midwest U.S. region. As president of Taoglas U.S., Dennis Kish will lead the Minneapolis office. He joined Taoglas earlier this year after having served as president of Google Fiber.
“The greater Minneapolis area has really been a strong growth area for Taoglas over the last few years, as home to many of our customers, partners and one of our top distributors, Digi-Key,” said Dermot O’Shea, Taoglas joint-CEO. “Minneapolis is one of the country’s fastest-growing technology centers and its universities are becoming well-known throughout the world for their ability to produce strong RF and wireless engineers. The growth of IoT companies, in particular, has been prominent in the region, making it a natural home for Taoglas. We look forward to serving our customers and partners from this new location.”
Taoglas Minneapolis opened its doors six years ago with a smaller facility and Taoglas is investing millions into a new lab to service increased demand. The Minneapolis team is now seven employees strong, and Taoglas plans to expand as its business in the region grows.
“Minneapolis has made a tremendous investment in technology and tech education over the past several years and that has helped to make Minnesota one of the fastest-growing states for tech employment opportunities in the country,” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. “It’s wonderful to see companies like Taoglas make that same commitment to the city by growing their presence here, and we look forward to a collaborative relationship for years to come.”
IoT test and design facility expands Taoglas offering into the region
Taoglas needed a larger footprint not only for the engineering staff, but also for a state-of-the-art RF anechoic chamber and design laboratory. Taoglas’ Satimo SG24-L chamber is ideal for fast over-the-air (OTA) testing of antenna and mobile device conformance in frequency range of 400 MHz to 6 GHz. It handles all LTE, GNSS and Wi-Fi protocols and offers a measurement speed up to three times faster than the previous Satimo version. Taoglas Minneapolis can now perform a wide variety of tests, including antenna and OTA measurements for GSM, GPRS, UMTS, LTE, Wi-Fi, TRP / TIS, and sophisticated antenna characterization.
“As wireless and IoT devices continue to grow in sophistication, so too must the sophistication of the antennas and RF devices that provide access to connectivity,” said Ronan Quinlan, Taoglas joint-CEO “This new facility allows us—and our partners and customers—to perform a wide variety of tests in our Minneapolis location, helping speed time to market. We’re happy to be a part of Minneapolis’ growing role as a city of technology innovation.”
For more information about Taoglas, visit www.taoglas.com.
Taoglas is the world’s leading provider of antenna and RF solutions, delivering high-quality, high-performance RF antenna, filter and cable solutions to innovative wireless and IoT companies around the world. With nine world-class design, support and test centers in Ireland, Germany, Taiwan, China and the US, in-house manufacturing in Taiwan and the US, and a dynamic online ordering system, Taoglas helps its customers quickly and easily find the best solution for their unique device hardware challenges. Best-in-class support, unmatched consultancy and engineering expertise, and custom design services make Taoglas a trusted adviser to companies across a range of wireless and IoT technologies, from LTE, Wi-Fi, GNSS, DSRC, NFC, LORA/LPWA, NB-IoT / CAT-M and beyond to 5G. This expertise is proven across a variety of use cases in IoT, automotive, utilities and smart cities, healthcare, telematics, smart metering and more.