Flexible dual-band FPC antennas for Wi-Fi and ISM

November 16, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Antenova, manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the Internet of Things, has added three flexible FPC antennas for applications in industrial and consumer electronics.

Two of the antennas, named Dromus and Amoris are high performance dual band Wi-Fi antennas operating on the 2.4-2.5GHz and 4.9-5.9GHz wireless bands, including Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/j/n/ac. They are suitable for access points, portable electronics, PC cards, games consoles, set-top boxes, network devices, and wearable technology. They are made to different physical dimensions, so that electronics manufacturers can select the best fit and performance for their wireless device.

The third antenna, named Montana, operates in the ISM bands of 863-870 MHz and 902-928 MHz. This antenna is for use in industry, remote sensors, smart metering, medical devices, monitoring equipment, lighting, security and automotive applications.

The flexible FPC antennas are each 0.15mm thick, and are supplied with a peel-back self-adhesive area to fix them inside a small electronic device, in various configurations. They are supplied complete with a cable and a connector to attach them to the underside covering or housing of a manufacturer’s electronic product. Each antenna weighs less than 0.5g.

The three new antennas can be plugged into the IPEX MHF (UFL) mating connector on a host PCB or wireless module, and are effectively “plug and play”. Antenova’s design team adopts a philosophy of Design For Integration (DFI) – an approach to antenna design which puts the integration into the customer’s device right at the heart of the design process. Antenova also provides technical assistance to customers during the testing stages of the design process.

Dromus, Amoris and Montana are the first three antennas to ship from Antenova’s family of “flexiiANT” products, which was announced in May 2015. Their product names follow the company’s practice of naming each antenna after a species of ant from around the globe.

Antenova; www.antenova-m2m.com