LTE antenna delivers 70% efficiency

Taoglas has launched the PA700A Viking antenna, an LTE, septa-band, surface mount antenna that delivers over 70% efficiency in a design that is claimed to be significantly smaller than current wide-band antennas.

This multi-band cellular antenna covers all worldwide cellular bands from 700 to 960MHz and 1710 to 2170MHz for GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, DCS, PCS, UMTS, HSDPA, GPRS, Edge and LTE. The off-the-shelf LTE antenna is suitable for M2M product manufacturers that want 4G, 3G and 2G capabilities for small devices.

The antenna is delivered on tape and reel and can be surface mounted saving on assembly costs and delivering better performance consistency. With no customisation required, development times are reduced. Within one week, users can match the antenna by simply changing the matching circuit.

Signal loss is reduced due to a 50Ω CPW transmission line on the short end of the device board from the module to the antenna. At a size of 40 by 6 by 5mm, the efficiency improves sensitivity in areas of low signal and delivers the data rates that are critical to 3G and 4G devices such as HSPA and LTE.

“Product manufacturers are struggling to find LTE antennas in small enough sizes to fit into tight, challenging spaces and still deliver high performance,” said Dermot O’Shea, director of Taoglas. “The PA700A Viking improves on the best features of our PA25A which is used by the world’s leading auto and medical device makers in extreme environments. A comparative antenna to the Viking, with more traditional materials such as metal or FR4 would have a reduced efficiency in this configuration for the same size.

“No other SMT antenna can match the PA700A Viking for the combination of size, durability, frequency range and efficiencies of over 70% on all bands including LTE.”

Made of dense, high-grade ceramic, the Viking is robust and durable for use in extreme environments such as the automotive industry. It has passed vehicle vibration tests of 10G for automotive and 20G for motorcycles. Network certification can be achieved if the Taoglas layout guidelines are adhered to.

The antenna is available directly from Taoglas and will be available with stocking distributors this month.


9 IoT applications that will change everything

Posted on: September 1, 2021

Whether you are a future-minded CEO, tech-driven CEO or IT leader, you’ve come across the term IoT before. It’s often used alongside superlatives regarding how it will revolutionize the way you work, play, and live. But is it just another buzzword, or is it the as-promised technological holy grail? The truth is that Internet of

Read more

Which IoT Platform 2021? IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide

Posted on: August 30, 2021

There are several different parts in a complete IoT solution, all of which must work together to get the result needed, write IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide – Which IoT Platform 2021? authors Robin Duke-Woolley, the CEO and Bill Ingle, a senior analyst, at Beecham Research. Figure 1 shows these parts and, although not all

Read more

CAT-M1 vs NB-IoT – examining the real differences

Posted on: June 21, 2021

As industry players look to provide the next generation of IoT connectivity, two different standards have emerged under release 13 of 3GPP – CAT-M1 and NB-IoT.

Read more

IoT and home automation: What does the future hold?

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Once a dream, iot home automation is slowly but steadily becoming a part of daily lives around the world. In fact, it is believed that the global market for smart home automation will reach $40 billion by 2020.

Read more

A good connection is not just for Christmas

Posted on: November 25, 2021

Peak season trading this year is set to be more difficult than ever for retailers. Unprecedented supply chain disruption is threatening to decimate stock levels. Post-COVID customer behaviour is unpredictable with some customers relying ever more heavily on ecommerce; others heading to the high street to get ahead on Christmas buying in response to fears

Read more

stc announces partnership with Sensoneo to drive smart waste management

Posted on: November 25, 2021

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 24 November 2021 – stc, the ICT specialist driving digital transformation in the Middle East and North Africa, has announced a partnership with Sensoneo to provide customers in Saudi Arabia with the most reliable and easy-to-deploy smart waste management technology. Sensoneo is a provider of enterprise-grade smart waste management solutions.

Read more