Integrated PCB antenna option for Bluetooth low energy modules

11-02-2019 | U-Blox | Subs & Systems

U-blox has launched its NINA-B3 series of stand-alone Bluetooth 5 low energy modules which now include the NINA-B306/316 modules with integrated PCB antenna. The trapezoidal printed antenna uses technology licensed from Proant AB, to allow excellent performance transmission and reception of data in a small form factor.

“The introduction of Bluetooth 5 makes the technology even more applicable to a range of IoT applications,” said Pelle Svensson, market development manager, Product Center Short Range Radio at U-blox. “The NINA-B306/316 modules, with their fully integrated PCB antenna and global certification, make implementing this powerful technology even easier.”

The modules are fully pin and software compatible with the entire NINA series, providing manufacturers with a seamless upgrade path as well as design options. Dependent on the end application it may be more suitable to use an external antenna, while for many a PCB antenna will provide technical and commercial benefits. With its small form factor measuring 10mm x 15mm x 2.2mm, the modules give the company's customers a greater design freedom.

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