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By Rich Handley

Taoglas Opens IoT Design and Support Center in Minneapolis

Taoglas, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) antennas and RF solutions, has announced the opening of a new facility in downtown Minneapolis to support the increasing demand for its products and services for the development of IoT devices and solutions. The facility, located on the first floor of The 15 Building, features an antenna and RF test and design laboratory, including a 5-meter anechoic chamber.

Founded in 2004, with global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and U.S. headquarters in San Diego, Calif., Taoglas operates nine facilities worldwide, with approximately 350 employees. The new location will support the demand for Taoglas antennas and RF solutions in the Midwest U.S. region. As the president of Taoglas U.S., Dennis Kish will lead the Minneapolis office.

"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's joint-CEO, in a prepared statement. "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 the firm is investing millions of dollars in the new lab to service increased demand. "Minneapolis has made strong investments in technology and tech education over the past several years," said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey in the prepared statement. "Those investments have paid dividends with companies like Taoglas committing to our city, adding jobs here, and helping make Minneapolis one of the fastest-growing tech-hubs in the country."

Taoglas needed a larger footprint not only for its engineering staff, but also for the RF anechoic chamber and design laboratory. Taoglas's Satimo SG24-L chamber is designed for fast over-the-air testing of antenna and mobile device conformance in the 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 that of previous Satimo version. Taoglas Minneapolis can now perform a variety of tests, including antenna and OTA measurements for GSM, GPRS, UMTS, LTE, Wi-Fi, TRP / TIS, and 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's joint-CEO, in the prepared statement. "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."

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