5G Open Innovation Lab, University of Washington CoMotion, and T-Mobile Collaborate to Accelerate 5G Hardware Innovation


SEATTLE – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – 5G Open Innovation Lab (5G OI Lab), CoMotion at the University of Washington (UW) and T-Mobile today announced a collaboration that will allow hardware startups to develop, test and deploy new products, services and prototypes powered by T-Mobile 5G. With a new Ultra Capacity 5G network deployed to CoMotion Labs on the UW campus, the facility is now the region’s first 5G equipped incubator focused on supporting the growth of the hardware startup ecosystem.

The lack of 5G access and connectivity is a bottleneck for many innovators. CoMotion Labs’ new hardware incubator 5G network enables entrepreneurs, researchers and student teams to create, innovate and integrate additional capabilities into their businesses and products using connectivity of new generation. The types of use cases startups can test include biotech / medical devices, remote sensors, and advanced computing, all of which require low latency and high capacity where large volumes of data have to move. almost instantly.

“A fast and reliable 5G connection will allow us to quickly and securely upload patient imaging data to offsite servers for treatment, improving the quality of care as well as patient and physician satisfaction,” said Dr. Shane Claggett, Founder and CEO of Envision Ophthalmology. , a startup from the CoMotion Labs hardware incubator that creates a new medical device that harnesses AI to improve ophthalmic diagnostics. “It will also give us a robust channel to monitor and maintain our fleet of devices.”

Nearly a dozen independent reports this year have confirmed that T-Mobile is the leader in nationwide 5G speed and availability in the United States. T-Mobile is a co-founder of the 5G OI Lab and works with universities and standards bodies to support 5G research and development to build the 5G ecosystem. At CoMotion Labs, with support from UW Information Technology, T-Mobile has deployed Ultra Capacity 5G with an industry-leading distributed radio access network solution inside the Fluke Hall hardware incubator. Using 100 MHz of 2.5 GHz band medium spectrum and mm wave spectrum, along with advanced wireless technologies such as Massive MIMO, the T-Mobile 5G network can deliver peak speeds well above 1 Gbit. / s to the hardware incubator.

“UW is home to some of the best and brightest engineering talent in the country, and our 5G deployment at CoMotion Labs makes the hardware incubator a premier destination for students, startups and developers,” said John Saw, executive vice president of advanced and emerging technologies. at T-Mobile and a member of the UW College of Engineering visiting committee.

A joint innovation exchange between the 5G OI Lab and CoMotion significantly expands the resources and opportunities available to hardware-driven startups participating in the 5G OI Lab ecosystem. The 5G OI Lab will join the hardware incubator as a member, allowing startups to develop, test and demonstrate their hardware devices and applications. This will allow the 5G OI Lab to expand its program offering to a range of entrepreneurs building the future.

5G OI Lab startups located in the Hardware Incubator will also enjoy all of the benefits of CoMotion Labs membership, including critical infrastructure, learning, mentoring, and networking. They will also have access to the hardware incubator equipment for prototyping and development: 3D printers, large laser cutter, various hand tools, electronic stations / circuits with reflow oven, several resin printers with washing stations / polymerization, and a software design and CAD suite.

“Everything we do at 5G Open Innovation Lab is aimed at making it easier for innovative startups, technology platforms and industries to work together to solve global problems,” said Jim Brisimitzis, Founder and CEO of 5G OI Lab. “Our partnership with the University of Washington’s CoMotion Labs hardware incubator provides 5G OI Lab alumni, future teams, and the entire UW ecosystem with access to the latest testing tools and equipment they want. will need to develop next-generation hardware products and solutions. Access to T-Mobile’s 5G production network will allow anyone operating within CoMotion’s hardware incubator to create the next step without connectivity limitations. ”

“T-Mobile’s 5G network will enable new capabilities and growth opportunities for startups located in the CoMotion Labs hardware incubator,” said François Baneyx, director of CoMotion and vice-president of innovation at UW . “This new infrastructure and these exciting partnerships will enhance CoMotion Labs’ ability to drive innovation and help our entrepreneurs innovate.”


About T-Mobile

T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is the supercharged US carrier, offering an advanced 4G LTE network and a transformative national 5G network that will deliver reliable connectivity for everyone. T-Mobile customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, an unwavering obsession with providing them with the best possible service experience, and an unquestionable drive to disrupt that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint. For more information, please visit: https://www.t-mobile.com.

About the 5G open innovation lab

The 5G Open Innovation Lab operates at the intersection of an ecosystem of innovative startups, technology platforms, and industry leaders shaping the future. The lab is supported by trusted relationships with T-Mobile, Intel, Microsoft, Accenture, Avanade, Amdocs, Dell, VMware, F5 Networks, Spirent, Ericsson, Palo Alto Networks and CNH Industrial, who are actively collaborating with our startups on a wide range of product development and go-to-market initiatives. Partnerships with leading public sector entities and influential investors complement our unique ecosystem to provide the best opportunities for success.

About CoMotion at the University of Washington and CoMotion Labs

CoMotion at the University of Washington partners with the UW community on its innovation journey, providing tools, connections and a keen sense to transform ideas into economic and societal impact. Find more information on https://comotion.uw.edu.

CoMotion Labs is a multi-sector incubator program that welcomes start-ups both inside and outside the UW community. From critical infrastructure to learning, mentoring and networking, CoMotion Labs nurtures and enables success. Our labs operate at three sites on the UW Seattle campus, each focusing on a particular industry sector: life sciences, hardware, and technology. Find more information on: https://comotion.uw.edu/startups-incubation/comotion-labs/


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