Barcelona: November 26, 2015 – Fractus, the pioneer in optimised antennas for wireless devices, has been awarded the 2015 Academiae Dilecta prize by the Real Academia de Ingenieria in its annual ceremony. The award, which is given by Spain’s Royal Academy of Engineering, recognizes companies whose origins lie within the study and research of the scientific and technical fundamentals of engineering, their technological application and ultimately the commercialization of the innovation.
The “Academiae Dilecta” 2015 was awarded to Fractus in recognition of its role as a pioneer and world leader in the development of commercial antenna technology. Combining unrivalled technological and engineering ‘know how’ with a strong entrepreneurial profile, Barcelona-based Fractus has shipped over 50 million antennas worldwide and licensed its portfolio of 40 inventions protected through over 120 patents to many of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers. The prize was presented by Mr. Elias Fereres, President of RAI, to Rubén Bonet, President of Fractus, in a ceremony on 17 November 2015.
“Behind every great invention lies exceptional talent, and behind every great company lies an ability to translate technology research into a commercial application,” said Rubén Bonet, President of Fractus. “From our beginnings in the research labs of the university to the point today where almost every smartphone uses antenna technology based on our geometric designs, Fractus is a standard bearer for engineering innovation. We are immensely proud to be awarded this year’s Academiae Dilecta prize by the Real Academia de Ingenieria and it is a testament to the knowledge, skills and drive across the whole team at Fractus.”
The Royal Academy of Engineering was established in 1994 with the mission of promoting the Spanish engineering in the country and draws together a cast of 60 scholars from 40 academic institutions to form a network of professionals in engineering and architecture. Previous winners of the prestigious Academiae Dilecta Award include major companies in the field of engineering such as Ferrovial, Abengoa, Comsa and Acciona.
Fractus is an early pioneer in developing internal antennas for smartphones, tablets and other wireless Internet of Things devices. In 1995, Fractus CTO Dr. Carles Puente filed the world’s first application for a patent on fractal antennas for mobile telecommunications. Four years later, in 1999, Fractus was born. The company set out to meet the challenge of delivering antennas small enough to fit inside a cell phone yet powerful enough to support today’s multiband phones. Fractus holds an intellectual property rights portfolio of more than 40 inventions protected through over 120 patents and patent applications in the United States, Europe and Asia, and has shipped more than 50 million antennas worldwide. Its licensees include Samsung, LG, HTC, Blackberry, Motorola, Apple, Sanyo, Sharp and BQ. Among the numerous awards and honours the company has received for its innovative work, Fractus was named a 2005 Davos World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and one of Red Herring’s top innovative companies for 2006. It also won the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Award for technological innovation and the 2010 National Communication Award of the Catalan Government in the telecommunications category. A team of Fractus inventors was finalist for the EPO European Inventor Award 2014. On November 2015, Fractus was awarded Academiae Dilecta by the Spanish Royal Engineering Academy. For further information, visit http://www.fractus.com