Flexible loop GPS/GLONASS antenna delivers 80% efficiency

January 31, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Taoglas USA has launched the FXP.611 Cloud, a GPS/Glonass flexible loop antenna that outperforms most active patch antennas with an efficiency of 80% and a peak gain of 3 dBi across the GPS and Glonass bands (1575 to 1610 MHz).

This antenna has a unique ability to resist external detuning effects due to dual resonance and has a small form factor of 38 x 37 x 0.1 mm. At less than half the cost of heavy active patch antennas, this peel and stick, flexible loop antenna is suitable for any GPS/Glonass M2M device.

OEMs will reap many advantages from using the FXP.611 in any assisted GPS/Glonass application for industrial handheld devices, tablets and smart-phones. The patent-pending FXP.611 Cloud antenna eliminates the need for a filter or low noise amplifier (LNA) so, can connect directly to a module or to a connector on a board.

Further the antenna offers a simple "peel and stick" mounting with 3M tape that can be attached to plastic device housings freeing up board space, costs half the price of active patch antennas, incorporates a unique detuning design with dual resonance, and radiates power uniformly with an omnidirectional design, making it suitable for use in devices that have fixed positions.