Next Generation iPhone Could Come With An Antenna Made Of Liquidmetal

News | Tuesday August 10 2010 5:18 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , , ,

According to reports, the
could come with an antenna made of LiquidMetal. Apple is reported to have signed an exclusive agreement with LiquidMetal Technologies to bring their proprietary IP to Apple 's consumer electronics products.
“. This is due to its atomic structure that makes it glass-like while offering a super-strong yet extremely flexible material that is resistant to corrosion and is scratch-proof as well. LiquidMetal is already used in the manufacture of antennas on the Verizon USB727 wireless modem that received extremely positive reviews for its reception. According to Dr. Atakan Peker, one of the co-inventors of the alloying component, the use of LiquidMetal could drastically improve the signal reception on the iPhone .
However, the antenna is just one of the possible use-cases for Apple 's licensing agreement with LiquidMetal Technologies. According to Peker, the alloy can be moulded or blown-out to serve the functions of plastic and glass materials as well. This will hence make it an ideal alternative for the manufacture of cases that have complex and unusual shapes. Peker also noted the ability to microstructure the surface of liquidmetal making it possible for Apple to create non-slip patterns and logo holograms on the surface.
Not surprisingly, Apple has not revealed details about its exclusive agreement with LiquidMetal Technologies.
It will be interesting to see if the next generation iPhone antenna system is made of liquidmetal.
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