New LTE/LPWA antenna for CAT-M and NB-IoT applications

10-09-2020 | AVX | Subs & Systems

AVX Corporation has released a new embedded, universal broadband, LTE/LPWA antenna as a standard, off-the-shelf solution developed for maximum versatility. Compatible with all major worldwide wireless carriers and a mixture of common communications protocols, the new antennas satisfy increasing cross-market demand for smaller and thinner antennas with high-reliability, ultra-wideband performance abilities and assist OEMs in reducing both costs and time-to-market by removing engineering fees and long cycles times associated with custom solutions.

The new antennas offer a small, low-profile, FR4 form factor that utilises patented Isolated Magnetic Dipole technology to attain decreased ground plane size needs and a small keep-out area for better design flexibility, independent tuning abilities for application-specific performance optimisation, and high performance and isolation characteristics for greater connectivity and minimal interference. The antennas also display high-efficiency, high gain, and high isolation characteristics from 600–2,700MHz and, although they are suited for employment in applications that use CAT-M and NB-IoT communication protocols — including wearables, smart meters, industrial, medical, and IoT devices, M2M and FirstNet communications systems, POS terminals, tracking systems, and automotive electronics — they also support Sigfox, LoRa, Cellular LPWA, RPMA, and Broadband LTE (OCTA-BAND) protocols.

The extremely adaptable, high-performance antennas measure just 36mm (±0.3mm) long, 9mm (±0.2mm) wide, and 3.2mm (±0.3mm) high, weigh 2.1g, and support low-band frequencies extending from 600–1,000MHz, high-band frequencies extending from 1,700–2,200MHz, and ultra-high-band frequencies extending from 2,500–2,700MHz. They are also RoHS compliant and offered in a mirrored version (1004796) for even better design flexibility and with optional evaluation boards for simple, efficient testing.

“Our new embedded, universal broadband, LTE/LPWA antennas exhibit superior versatility for off-the-shelf solutions, providing high-reliability performance from 600–2,700MHz in an extensive range of wireless applications within medical, industrial, telecommunications, networking, and automotive electronics,” said Mohammed Abu-Naim, RF product manager, AVX. “Their miniaturized FR4 form factor satisfies growing cross-market demands for size and weight savings and leverages our patented IMD technology to offer independent tuning capabilities for broad application-specific performance optimization. In addition, although they are ideally suited for CAT-M and NB-IoT applications, both the standard and mirrored variants are compatible with several other communication protocols and with all major worldwide wireless carriers, providing OEMs with significant savings in terms of both cost and time-to-market as well.”

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