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Embedded antenna works with global satellites

Steve Rogerson
September 29, 2016

Antenova, a UK manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the IoT, has announced Beltii (P/N SR4G013), an embedded antenna measuring 15.6 by 3.3 by 4.4mm. It operates with all global public satellite constellations.
The antenna has been designed to work over a small ground plane on a small PCB, where it can be placed in a corner position, and does not need any ground clearance.
Beltii works with all of the world’s public satellite constellations – GPS, Glonass, Beidou and Gallileo – and can add a positioning capability to any small, lightweight device. It is suitable for wearable electronics, trackers, drones, navigation devices and sports applications.
This is the latest in Antenova’s Lamiiant range of antennas, which are manufactured from FR4 materials and use the latest in dielectric constant laminate substrates to construct smaller, more efficient antennas.
“Beltii is a brand new design using new materials,” said Antenova’s CEO Colin Newman. “It beats the typical larger, ceramic patch antennas on all counts: it is smaller, more efficient, and performs better. It is a great addition to our range of positioning antennas.”
As the performance of a wireless device depends on the performance of its antenna, and the performance of the antenna depends upon how it is integrated into the PCB, Antenova’s antenna designers give the integration requirement top priority and design each antenna so it can be integrated easily, and perform well in situ within the device. Antenova calls this concept DFI, or design for integration.
Antenova also provides detailed datasheets with advice on integrating the antenna, and offers the services of its engineering team to help designers and OEMs with antenna integration if required.
Evaluation boards (P/N SR4G013-U1) are available.