When BlackBerry announced the Z30, I was caught up in the claim that the device would work for up to 25 hours of “mixed use”. That’s a whole lot of power for a bigger device. For any power business user or social butterfly, this is a bold feature that hits things into grand-slam territory.
How did BlackBerry do it. After some careful digging, I obviously missed out on the news of Blackberry’s 2012 acquisition of Paratek:
We are pleased to announce that RIM has acquired Paratek Microwave Inc.
As a part of RIM, a technology leader and pioneer in the smartphone category, Paratek will continue to innovate and to bring leading edge adaptive tuning solutions to the industry. We are very excited about this transaction and the opportunity to serve RIM and realize our vision.
As always, we will continue to pursue the development of state-of-the-art adaptive tuning technologies. We look forward to working with our new colleagues and integrating our solutions into RIM’s BlackBerry product offerings.
~Ralph Pini, Paratek Microwave, President and CEO
BlackBerry Z30′s Tunable RF
In short, the company designs and manufactures adaptive radio frequency front-end components for cell phones. In a recent tech forum exchange, I discovered that the technology that Paratek has developed allows the software layer within the Z30 to send more power to operate the antenna, especially in situations where signals are bad or when the user is at the edge of a remote cell tower range in rural / countryside locations. The technique essentially reduces battery drain since there is always a better signal. The company creates the parabolic antenna (“Paratek”) that delivers a the strong signal to the Z30 regardless of direction faced and also allows the Z30 to sport a smaller and thinner design.
Beyond that, the BlackBerry Z30 also carries about 60 percent more battery capacity than the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 models for an added energy kick!
Paratek’s technology sounds fantastic and essentially will allow BlackBerry users the ability to upload and download tons of data much more quickly and reduce dropped call experiences because of “Tunable RF”.
Sounds like a fantastic $100 million purchase!