Monday, May 20, 2024

Next-Generation Embedded Antennas

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Embedded antennas, supporting frequencies up to 8.5 GHz, transform space-constrained applications, enabling integration into smart devices, meters, and transportation systems.

Enabling Smart Devices With Embedded Chip Antennas

Amphenol RF, a manufacturer of coaxial connectors for use in radio frequency (RF), microwave, and data transmission system applications, has launched embedded antennas to expand its antennas portfolio. The company claims that surface mounting the chip antenna directly on the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) using a Surface Mount Technology (SMT) solution eliminates the need for external antennas. Due to their small size, ceramic chip antennas are effectively integrated into compact devices where space is limited. These antennas are suitable for applications such as smart utility meters, robotics, intelligent transportation systems, set-top boxes, gateways, and mobile electronic wallets. Local technical support is available, and the antennas can be matched to specific requirements.

The embedded antennas, made from ceramic or Flame Resistant 4 (FR-4) materials, are omnidirectional and high-performing. They are also easy to tune and come in tape and reel packaging. The press release says that the surface-mounted chip antennas provide electrical performance up to 8.5 GHz and support 4G/5G-FR1 cellular frequencies, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth/BLE, Long Range (LoRa), Ultra-Wideband (UWB), and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). To ensure optimal performance, embedded chip antennas are designed with monopole, loop, or Inverted-F Antenna (IFA) configurations.

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Some of the technical specifications of the embedded antenna include:

  • Antenna Connector Type: PCB Surface Mount
  • Band Type: Multi-Band
  • Electrical Type: IFA
  • Frequency (Max GHz): 2.69
  • Impedance (Ohms): 50
  • Number of Bands: 8
  • Power (Max Watts): 1
  • Temp (Max Degrees Celsius): 85
  • Temp (Min Degrees Celsius): -40

The embedded antennas are suitable for small applications such as Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID ) readers and are also commonly found in set-top boxes and wireless gateways.

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Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal is a journalist at EFY. She is an Electronics and Communication Engineer with over five years of academic experience. Her expertise lies in working with development boards and IoT cloud. She enjoys writing as it enables her to share her knowledge and insights related to electronics, with like-minded techies.

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