Antenova shows tiny LTE and IoT antennas at SuperMobility CTIA

Antenova shows tiny LTE and IoT antennas at SuperMobility CTIA

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

At the exhibition, the company will focus on small chip antennas from its lamiiANT family, which are manufactured from high grade dielectric constant laminate substrates, and flexible FPC antennas from its flexiiANT family, which are only 0.15 mm thick, and can be bent or folded and fixed inside a device.

Typical applications for these antennas include smart metering, Femto/Pico base stations, portable devices, remote monitoring, 4G routers, network devices, telematics, point-of-sale, wearable electronics, and M2M/IoT applications.


Ultra-low profile SMD antenna for 3G/4G/LTE/WCDMA

The Lucida antenna (part no SR4L002) operates in all of the LTE, GSM and WCDMA mobile bands: LTE 700, GSM 850, GSM 900, DCS 1800, PCS 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE B7 (2500-2690 MHz), and LTE B40 (2300-2400 MHz). It is a single feed FR4 antenna can be used in the LTE spectrum in most countries of the world.

The Lucida antenna is extremely small, measuring just 35- x 8.5- x 3.2-mm.

It is a linear polarised, ground plane free antenna with an omni-directional radiation pattern, for 4G single or MIMO applications or a diversity configuration. Antenova has added resistance to de-tuning, which enables it to maintain a high performance, operate over a wide frequency range and meet the MIMO requirements of the LTE spectrum from its position embedded within a wireless device. Lucida was launched at the start of 2016.

Lucida ultra-low profile SMD antenna for 3G/4G/LTE/WCDMA.



1.6-mm high antenna for small 3G/4G/LTE devices

The Simils SMD antenna (part no SR4C005) is an exceptionally low profile antenna for 3G, LTE Single or MIMO applications, and also works well in a diversity situation. At only 40- x 10- x 1.6-mm, this antenna is literally half the height of Lucida and has a far lower profile than most other leading wireless cellular modules (which are usually 2-mm or more in height). Among the very thinnest embedded antennas on the market, it is ideal for LTE applications where space is tight.

Similis operates with all of the GSM, cellular, WCDMA and higher-end LTE bands. It is a linear polarised antenna, with an omni-directional radiation pattern, operating without a ground plan. As with the Lucida antenna, Antenova has added resistance to de-tuning, so that this antenna will give high performance when it’s embedded within a low-profile wireless device. Similis was first introduced Feb 2016.

Simils SMD antenna.

Three “plug and play” flexible antennas for small 3G/4G/LTE devices

The Moseni, Mitis and Zhengi are a group of three flexible antennas which Antenova has introduced to provide a choice of antenna shape, size and configuration for customers designing devices for the 3G, 4G and LTE bands, where there is no room in the device for an SMD antenna.

This group of antennas covers the full 4G/LTE spectrum, GSM, cellular and WDCMA bands. Mitis (Part No.SRFL026) and Moseni (Part No.SRFL029), were developed for 4G and LTE applications, including MIMO. Zhengi, (Part No.SRFC015), covers all of the 3G and 4G LTE bands: B7 (2500-2690MHz) and B30, B40 (2300-2400GHz), including LTE Bands B7, B30, B38, B40 and B41.

Mitis “plug and play” flexible antenna.

These three antennas all have an omni-directional radiation pattern and good efficiency, making them suitable for projects requiring PTCRB certified devices.

The company’s flexible FPC antennas can be integrated into a device without matching. They can be placed vertically, horizontally or co-planar to the PCB, and can be flat, folded or curved inside the device and are supplied with an IPEX MHF (UFL) cable, in a choice of three lengths for easy connection to a wireless module. Each antenna has a peel-back self-adhesive backing to fix it in place. This simple integration means they can easily be placed in a design or retro-fitted to earlier designs.

Options for mounting the FPC antenna.

The three FPC antennas belong to Antenova’s flexiiANT range of antennas, which was introduced last year.


Designed For Integration

Antenova’s antenna design team has adopted a philosophy of Design for Integration (DFI) where the designer’s approach is to create an antenna that a product designer can place on a PCB and integrate with the other circuits in a convenient way, rather than designing a product to fit around the antenna. Customers integrating Antenova’s antennas can download CAD footprints for all of the chip antennas, and the company provides evaluation boards and assistance with antenna matching as required.

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