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Antenova antennas tackle high bandwidth

Steve Rogerson
July 27, 2016

Antenova has announced two more antennas for the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless standard aimed at addressing the profusion of high bandwidth applications.
Such applications are emerging in the consumer entertainment sector, specifically set-top boxes, IPTV and content streaming devices, all of which are seeing strong growth, in parallel with the roll-out of fibre to the home and the increase of IPTV services.
As content streaming and video-on-demand push consumers’ wifi networks to their limits, manufacturers are moving up to the 5GHz spectrum, which offers the benefits of a less crowded frequency, less interference, fewer disconnects and signals as fast as 1Gbit/s.
UK-based Antenova has developed two SMD antennas for this market – specifically for smart TVs, wearable electronics, access points, portable devices, PC cards, internet-connected set-top boxes, network devices and consumer MIMO applications.
The first antenna, Sharpi (SRC5G027) is a compact ceramic antenna for 5GHz, measuring 1.0 by 0.5 by 0.5mm. The second antenna, Trogona (SR42W009) is manufactured from FR4 materials, and is a dual-band antenna operating in both wifi bands – 2.4 to 2.5GHz and 5.17 to 5.84 GHz. Trogona works over a ground plane with no clearance, and is also suitable for gaming consoles and IP cameras.
Both are designed for integration and maintain good performance when placed within a device. They are easy to integrate into a PCB layout using Antenova’s guidance on positioning, and the company also offers antenna matching and testing services if and when they are required.
“The 5GHz spectrum will give consumers a better user experience, with more bandwidth, more robust wireless signals, better reach and less interference from other devices using 2.4GHz, and a lot of manufacturers have requirements for compact antennas,” said Antenova’s CEO Colin Newman. “We developed Sharpi and Trogona in response to our customers who have been asking for small SMD antennas that meet the 802.11/ac standard.”
The Sharpi and Trogona antennas are ready to ship, and samples and evaluation boards are available.