Pivotal Commware, a Bellevue, WA-based developer of communications products that use Holographic Beam Forming (HBF), raised $17M in funding.
Backers included The Thermo Companies and DIG Investment, Bill Gates, Lux Capital, the family office of Barry Sternlicht, and others.
Spun out of Intellectual Ventures (IV) in 2016, Pivotal Commware is the exclusive licensee of metamaterials technology for terrestrial communications markets such as cellular, Access-in-Motion (e,g., planes, cars, ships, trains and drones) and defense.
The company has generated significant 4G and 5G interest from and field-tested with Tier 1 operators. It is working with Globalstar, a mobile satellite service provider with terrestrial spectrum holdings, to leverage the Pivotal technology into future service offerings over its spectrum.