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Antenova targets dual-band antenna at wearables

Steve Rogerson
June 11, 2019



Antenova, a UK manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the IoT, is targeting wearable devices with a compact dual-band wifi embedded antenna.
 
The antenna, named Minuta, is a ceramic antenna measuring 1. by 0.5 by 0.5mm, making it one of the smallest embedded antennas available.
 
Antenova has developed this antenna for the newer 4.9 to 5.9GHz frequency, which is less cluttered than 2.4 to 2.5GHz and gives enhanced performance with less interference.
 
The Minuta antenna, part number SRC2W006, operates at 2.4 to 2.5GHz and 4.9 to 5.9GHZ and matches the Wifi 802.11a/h/j/n/p/ac standards.
 
It offers designers flexibility in the layout of a PCB, as it does not need a position on a corner; it can be placed along one of the long edges of a board.
 
The antenna is suitable for access points and portable devices, and in particular the company recommends Minuta for wearable technology and body-worn devices because it is less susceptible to de-tune when used close to the human body.
 
Antenova develops and supplies integrated antennas and RF products for wireless communications, consumer electronics and wireless M2M devices.
 
Its range of standard antennas and RF modules are suitable for GSM, CDMA, 3G, 4G, LTE, 5G-NR, NB-IoT, GPS, GNSS, wifi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, LP-WAN, LoRa, Sigfox, Weightless-P and ISM, for M2M and IoT applications.
 
One of its latest antennas, the Robusta chip antenna for use on metal surfaces and IoT applications, was the winner of the Hardware Award at Embedded World 2018.
 
Antenova also provides design advice and technical support, including custom antenna design, engineering, integration and test services.