CES sees Antenova launch all-in-one GNSS antenna
January 16, 2018
Antenna maker Antenova launched a compact, all-in-one active GNSS antenna at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The M20047-1 operates in the 1559 to 1609MHz band, and provides designers with a space-saving option for small tracking devices.
Its key features are the active components, the built-in LNA and filter, which act to boost the signal to the GNSS processor in environments where there is a restricted view of the sky and line-of-sight to the horizon is difficult. With the LNA and filtering already built into the antenna, designers will not need to add them, and can save space on their PCBs.
The low-profile rigid FR4 antenna measures 7.0 by 7.0 by 1.1mm, making it suitable for use in small tracking devices. It is suitable for tracking all kinds of moving objects, telematics and wearable sports devices.
The antenna has been named Active Sinica and is an alternative to the UK company’s existing Sinica antenna, part no SR4G008, which is marketed for accurate positioning.
Also on show was a just-launched pair of 4G LTE antennas that are suitable for PCBs as small as 60mm. The two antennas can also be used in 3G and MIMO applications.
The two antennas are similar – the difference being that Inversa is built for the USA market while Integra is for European and Asian markets.
Both are available in left and right versions to provide more options for placement on the PCB, and can be used singly or in pairs for MIMO. Both use beam steering to improve isolation and cross correlation, and perform better.
Inversa, part numbers SR4L034-L and SR4L034-R, measures 28.0 by 8.0 by 3.3mm and covers the USA bands 698-798, 824-960, 1710-2170, 2300-2400 and 2500-2690MHz.
Integra, part numbers SR4L049-L and SR4L049-R, measures 23.0 by 8.0 by 3.3mm and covers the bands 791-960, 1710-2170, 2300-2400 and 2500-2600MHz used in Europe and Asia.
Antenova has designed these antennas for use in small trackers, OBDs and other similar devices where space is limited.
The firm’s antennas are designed for easy integration, however, it provides full engineering support to help customers with all aspects of antenna testing, tuning and integration.