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Antenova antenna provides PCB flexibility for LPWAN

Steve Rogerson
June 1, 2017

Antenova has introduced an SMD antenna that is physically smaller yet improves performance in the 863 to 870MHz and 902 to 928MHz bands. It directly targets the growing number of M2M and IoT applications using the LPWAN protocols.
The UK company’s Grandis SR42I010 antenna reduces the footprint of an LPWAN antenna to 12.0 by 11.0 by 1.6mm, while enhancing the antenna’s performance. It is a low-profile antenna that uses a ground plane to radiate, and is designed to be placed in the corner of the PCB.
The company says it tries to give PCB designers the benefit of flexibility in the positioning of the antenna within a design, so the Grandis antenna is supplied is two versions, left and right, to give designers a choice of locations for the antenna on a PCB.
LPWAN is an increasingly popular choice for IoT and smart city applications because it uses less power, which means the batteries within individual devices will have an extended life. The Grandis antenna covers the newer LPWAN standards – LoRa, Sigfox and Weightless-P – for connected devices in IoT and smart cities.
The antenna is suitable for all applications in the 863 to 870MHz and 902 to 928MHz bands, so it could be used in industrial, scientific and medical applications, smart metering, network devices, manufacturing automation, agricultural and environmental monitoring, and consumer tracking, worldwide.
“The market for LPWAN connections is expanding and we are aware of a large number of customer applications that need a small antenna with strong performance,” said Antenova’s CEO Colin Newman. “This antenna meets those requirements very well.”