Antenna ranges offer new embedded and flexible and external Wi-Fi 6E solutions

12-01-2024 | Mouser Electronics | Passives

Mouser has widened its range of antennas designed for high-speed Wi-Fi 6E communication.

Introducing IEEE's 802.11ax wireless standard brought forth many technical initiatives to advance connectivity for the next generation of devices. One key addition was the inclusion of Wi-Fi 6E, allowing Wi-Fi communication on the 6GHz spectrum for the first time. By operating at frequencies above the existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, Wi-Fi 6E enables better optimisation, less interference, and lower latency. Security is also enhanced, as Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) certification is mandatory for all Wi-Fi 6E devices. Since its introduction in 2020, the deployment of Wi-Fi-6E has extended to a diverse range of industrial and consumer locations, including offices, manufacturing facilities, clinical environments, and residential areas. Consequently, supporting Wi-Fi-6E has become vital for the latest high-performance wireless devices.

The company stocks a broad range of antenna designs needed to satisfy the diverse technical needs of Wi-Fi 6E devices. Some of the newly added solutions include:

The UAM Wi-Fi 6E/Wi-Fi 7 Embedded Antennas from Linx Technologies/TE Connectivity are an innovative range of omnidirectional tri-band antennas created for the latest Wi-Fi 6E devices. As an externally mounted solution, they can be readily attached to a metal chassis using the unique snap-in feature, removing the need for fixings, allowing for unambiguous mounting direction, and increasing assembly speed. Alongside Wi-Fi 6E functionality, they provide wireless Bluetooth and ZigBee communication and support future Wi-Fi 7 networks. The RoHS-compliant range includes multiple cable lengths, with MHF4l and MHF termination available, and is ideal for a wide range of indoor applications.

The Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E Flexible Printed Antenna from Abracon delivers high-performance communications in low-profile and easy-to-integrate packaging. The omnidirectional tri-band operation provides high performance across 2400MHz to 7125MHz frequencies, covering vital 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz bands. The antenna helps to improve the range of Wi-Fi signals, supplying dependable and high-speed connectivity in congested public spaces and complex industrial settings. With Wi-Fi 4/5,6/6E and 7 connectivity, it is also ideal for devices employing Bluetooth, ZigBee, Thread, and Matter protocols. System assembly is extremely simple, with the flexible design permitting quick adhesive mounting even along contours. The antenna is ideal for various routers, network devices, home automation, and IoT sensors.

Kyocera AVX's range of antennas includes solutions developed to suit various Wi-Fi-connected applications. The FR4-based WXP3015W08 antenna provides an embedded Wi-Fi dipole design, delivering high-performance connectivity and signal sensitivity in miniaturised packaging. It consumes minimal space and can readily be mounted through simple adhesion. Wi-Fi 6E connections feature a peak gain of 5.9dBi and an average efficiency of 60%, ensuring a strong connection. It is also ideal for previous iterations of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, BLE, and ZIGBEE protocols. The company's RoHS-compliant range also includes stamped metal and flexible printed circuit Wi-Fi 6E antennas, which use its patented IMD technology, and several cable lengths and termination options.

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By Seb Springall