Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

U-Blox integrates PCB antenna into Bluetooth LE modules

Steve Rogerson
February 14, 2019



Swiss wireless communications technology company U-Blox has introduced the Nina-B306 and 316 stand-alone Bluetooth 5 Low Energy modules with integrated PCB antenna. The trapezoidal printed antenna technology licensed from Proant improves transmission performance and reception of data in a small form factor.
 
Bluetooth Low Energy is rapidly becoming the short-range wireless technology of choice for a broad range of IoT applications, thanks to its security and robustness, coupled with higher data rates, longer range, support for mesh networking and low power demands. By moving the antenna to the PCB, manufacturers can now implement the Nina-B3 family into smaller form factors.
 
“The introduction of Bluetooth 5 makes the technology even more applicable to a range of IoT applications,” said Pelle Svensson, market development manager at U-Blox. “The Nina-B306/316 modules, with their fully integrated PCB antenna and global certification, make implementing this powerful technology even easier.”
 
The modules are fully pin and software compatible with the entire Nina series, giving manufacturers a seamless upgrade path as well as design options. Depending on the end application, it may be more appropriate to use an external antenna, while for many a PCB antenna will offer technical and commercial benefits.
 
Form factor measures 10 by 15 by 2.2mm. Samples are available and production is planned for March 2019.
 
With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.