MagnaCom Demonstrates a 20 year Leap in Digital Communications

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif., December 17, 2013 –  CES 2014 –  MagnaCom Ltd., a privately held company with a mission to reinvent digital communications, today announced it has developed and will demonstrate at the  2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 7-10, a new and patented modulation technology called  WAM™ (WAve Modulation). The vastly superior performance of WAM will help alleviate the global spectrum congestion and help satisfy the explosive demand for bandwidth. Visit to learn more.

MagnaCom has invented a new revolutionary technology, which can save spectrum and power, while increasing bandwidth, speed and distance, for state-of-the-art wired and wireless devices. WAM delivers those benefits while maintaining 100% backward compatibility with the legacy devices in use today. Demonstrating a dramatic 10dB system gain improvement, is considered equivalent to a 20-year leap in digital communications, and is achieved without making any modifications to the RF, antennas, or analog front end.

MagnaCom is challenging the 40-year dominance of QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) as the modulation of choice for all advanced communications systems. QAM is used in virtually all wired and wireless products today, and deployed in over seven billion connected devices. MagnaCom’s WAM technology modulates information differently, resulting in a major system gain benefit (e.g. up to 10dB vs. QAM4096). The technology’s disruptive capability is critical for any wireless and wired carrier, wireless or wired communication OEM, and ultimately any handset manufacturer. WAM technology impacts cellular, Wi-Fi, satellite and cable TV, wireless backhaul, cable and DSL modems, fiber infrastructure and numerous other applications.

“MagnaCom’s new invention of WAM technology is a multi-decade leap forward compared to best-of-breed today, and can ignite the next true revolution in digital communications,” said Yossi Cohen, co-founder and CEO of MagnaCom. “In shattering several industry axioms and demonstrating a 10dB advantage, MagnaCom offers extreme benefits – from slashing up to 50% of power and spectrum, to quadrupling distance, enhancing speed and improving call quality. We are making the once thought impossible now possible, and this can really change the industry.”

MagnaCom’s WAM technology will be demonstrated live at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, and available to early access partners immediately. Please inquire at  Email Contact or

CES 2014 Live Demonstration
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Technical Information
A MagnaCom patent and trademark, WAM technology can enhance virtually all wired and wireless applications, and most importantly – is backward compatible to legacy QAM systems, while not requiring any changes to the antennas, radio or RF. The technology is a pure digital modulation scheme, which uses the exact same analog and RF circuits as QAM, requiring no analog or mixed-signal re-design. WAM technology is scalable, and may consume less than 1 square millimeter in modern semiconductor design for even the full 10dB benefit. Scalability means designers may implement a smaller, lower cost solution for a lesser benefit.

WAM technology is a pure digital new modulation scheme, using spectral compression that improves spectral efficiency. The spectral compression enables an increase of the signaling rate thereby affording the use of lower order alphabet, which reduces complexity. It provides inherent diversity of time and frequency domains and uses nonlinear signal shaping. The nonlinearities are handled digitally at the receiver side, allowing a lower-cost and lower-power transmitter design.

Technology Highlights
WAM is a multi-dimensional signal construction operating at the Euclidean domain. WAM is breaking the orthogonality of signal construction (zero ISI in single carrier / zero ICI in OFDM) shown for the first time, to increase capacity and provide an optimal handling of nonlinear distortion, ultimately resulting in significant improvements versus todays’ legacy QAM systems, including:

  • Up to 10dB system gain advantage
  • Up to 50% lower power
  • Up to 400% the distance
  • Up to 50% spectrum savings
  • Better noise tolerance
  • Major increase in speed
  • Lower cost and easier design
  • 100% backward compatible

MagnaCom partnered with  Altera Corporation to create the demonstration platform for CES, thereby enabling Altera’s customers an accelerated timeline for adopting WAM into their designs.

In parallel to inventing and developing this breakthrough technology, MagnaCom has invested significantly in protecting its Intellectual Property (IP). The company formed a strategic relationship with one of the world’s premiere IP firms,  McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd. and has already filed over 70 patent applications globally. MagnaCom has already been granted 15 first utility United States patents with over 320 underlying claims.

Analyst Quotes:

Craig J. Mathias, Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm,  Farpoint Group

“With wireless applications often dominated by conflicting requirements – spectral availability, bandwidth, and quality; component availability, performance and cost; rate; range; power consumption; and reliability and more, what’s needed is a fundamental advancement in communications technology with the potential to address all of these requirements and more. We’ve got our eye on MagnaCom’s WAM, a fascinating approach to advancing the state-of-the-art in wireless communications that might even have the ability to unify the local-area world of wireless and the wide-area world of cellular in a single technology.”

Will Strauss, President and Principal Analyst,  Forward Concepts

“MagnaCom’s WAM technology looks very promising, and once proven could become the primary driver for the next wave of global communications upgrades, wired and wireless. It might even be incorporated into the future technology of 5G. For many years the top communications companies have been hard at work for every 1dB of system gain, so MagnaCom’s 10db gain could be truly game changing.”

Michael J. Palma, Research Manager,  IDC’s Semiconductor and Enabling Research Group

“Bandwidth demand will continue accelerating over the coming years with the ramp of 4G/LTE mobile broadband, 4K video, and the growth of the Internet of Things. The WAM technology is being positioned to infrastructure providers to significantly increase their channel capacity to meet this increasing demand.”

Joe Madden, Principal Analyst,  Mobile Experts

“Mobile data traffic continues to demonstrate exponential growth, and nearly doubles every year. Most mobile operators are turning toward expensive solutions, which require very high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for high data density. If WAM technology can deliver fast mobile data with lower SNR, it would create a fundamental change in our industry, and would become a potential basis for 5G technology.”

Peter White, Principal Analyst and Founder,  Rethink Technology Research Ltd

“Just when the world has agreed that what we need is more spectrum for cellular and fiber for fixed line access, someone stumbles on a technology that gives the world back half of the spectrum it is using and preserves those and other technologies for years to come. Once MagnaCom shows its WAM technology in a real world use case, then there will be a noisy queue forming of operators who want to use it, and rivals that want to buy MagnaCom.”

About MagnaCom
MagnaCom is a privately held technology company aiming to reinvent the evolution of digital communications. The company was founded around a whole new, patented modulation technology called WAM™, which can help alleviate the global spectrum congestion and insatiable demand for more bandwidth. This impacts cellular, Wi-Fi, satellite and cable TV, wireless backhaul, cable and DSL modems, long and short haul fiber and numerous other applications. The company assembled a world-class team of scientists, executives and advisors from Broadcom, Motorola Mobility acquired by Google, Texas Instruments, Intel, ST Microelectronics and Passif Semiconductor, recently acquired by Apple. WAM technology applies to carriers, handset manufacturers, any wired and wireless system OEMs, and communication IC vendors who strive to save spectrum, increase bandwidth, speed and distance or reduce power consumption. With 15 issued patents and over 50 pending MagnaCom is challenging the 40-year dominance of QAM as the modulation of choice for all advanced wired and wireless systems.

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