Antenova Ltd has announced two more antennas for the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless standard. These antennas are designed for the profusion of high bandwidth applications emerging in the consumer entertainment sector – specifically set-top boxes, IPTV and content streaming devices – all of which are seeing strong growth, in parallel with the roll-out of fibre to the home and the increase of IPTV services.
As content streaming and video-on-demand push consumers’ Wi-Fi networks to their limits, manufacturers are moving up to the 5GHz spectrum, which offers the benefits of a less crowded frequency, less interference, fewer disconnects and signals as fast as 1Gbps.
Antenova has developed two new SMD antennas for this market – specifically for smart TVs, wearable electronics, access points, portable devices, PC cards, internet-connected set-top boxes, network devices and consumer MIMO applications.
The first antenna, Sharpi, (part no. SRC5G027) is an ultra-compact ceramic antenna solution for 5GHz, measuring just 1.0mm x 0.5mm x 0.5mm. The second antenna, Trogona (part no. SR42W009) is manufactured from FR4 materials, and is a dual-band antenna operating in both Wi-Fi bands, 2.4 – 2.5GHz and 5.17 – 5.84 GHz. Trogona works over a ground plane with no clearance, and is also ideal for gaming consoles and IP cameras.
Both antennas are designed for integration and maintain good performance when placed within a device. They are easy to integrate into a PCB layout using Antenova’s guidance on positioning, and the company also offers antenna matching and testing services if and when they are required.
Says Antenova’s CEO Colin Newman:“The 5GHz spectrum will give consumers a better user experience, with more bandwidth, more robust wireless signals, better reach and less interference from other devices using 2.4GHz, and a lot of manufacturers have requirements for compact antennas. We developed Sharpi and Trogona in response to our customers who have been asking for small SMD antennas that meet the 802.11/ac standard.”
The Sharpi and Trogona antennas are ready to ship, and Antenova has samples and evaluation boards available. For more details, please see www.antenova-m2m.com