The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple’s patent relating to wireless communications circuitry, mainly centimeter and millimeter wave that will be able to radiate through a future iPhone display. Millimeter wave technology is one of the most import technologies that make up 5G.
Apple’s granted patent covers an iPhone that is provided with wireless circuitry, and more specifically, include antennas arranged in an array to form a phased array antenna that may include transceiver circuitry such as centimeter and millimeter wave transceiver circuitry (e.g., circuitry that transmits and receives radio-frequency signals at frequencies greater than 10 GHz).
The antennas may include phased array antennas that are used for handling millimeter wave and centimeter wave communications. Millimeter wave communications, which are sometimes referred to as extremely high frequency (EHF) communications, involve signals at 60 GHz or other frequencies between about 30 GHz and 300 GHz.
In Apple’s patent FIG. 9 below is only a partial image due to a graphics issue noted earlier. FIG. 9 is a perspective view of an illustrative display having a filter that passes radio-frequency signals for a phased array antenna.
Apple’s granted patent 10,727,570 was originally filed in Q1 2018 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.