Small & cost-effective antennas for GNSS

27 Jul 2018 News

Fractus Antennas has just published a new report that explains the advantages of using chip antennas instead of patch antennas for GNSS applications. Devices requiring a top GNSS (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and BeiDou) are now portable, they are located everywhere and they are not always stable and facing the satellite reception.

Using chip antennas for Global Navigation Satellite Systems reception is the best choice as they feature an omnidirectional radiation pattern that enables tracking satellites in any position and orientation.

Using patch antennas for GNSS reception becomes problematic when the antenna is mounted on a small and portable tracking device, for example, IoT sensors, bikes etc. because the orientation with respect to the satellite constellation is uncertain and variable. Chip antennas are the immediate solution for the position matter, and chip antennas are also an advantage in terms of high efficiency and gain, they do not require an extra energy-consuming amplifying LNA to make the job.

Tracking devicesfleet management and wearables applications owing to its portable nature need an antenna with the same portable versatility. At this point, with the endless diversity of new devices requiring versatile GNSS connection, is when chip antennas become the perfect choice where size, weight, portability and cost are a priority.

To discover more about chip antennas for GNSS: New Report “Chip antennas for GNSS: top performance in a small, efficient and cost-effective package“.

 

About Fractus Antennas

Barcelona-based Fractus Antennas SL designs, manufactures and commercializes miniature, off-the-shelf antennas for IoT, mobile connectivity, and short-range wireless devices. Founded as an independent antenna product business in 2015, Fractus Antennas was born out of the main Fractus operation and combines a respected R&D team with proven manufacturing capabilities and scale to bring to market a new generation of antenna products to meet the mobile and wireless connectivity needs of OEMs.

The antenna for IoT: NB-IoT, LoRa, Zigbee or Sigfox

19 Jul 2018 News

Fractus Antennas has developed the RUN mXTEND™ chip antenna component that enables worldwide full performance and connectivity in all frequency bands of operation for the Internet of Things, including NB-IoT, Sigfox, LoRa and Zigbeeamong others both licensed and unlicensed IoT standards.

The antenna choice does not condition the frequency of operation but the client can choose the operation frequency of the antenna: One antenna, any IoT frequency band. On top of this multiband nature, the RUN mXTEND™ antenna booster is a miniature and off-the-shelf chip component that fits about all platform sizes and can be assembled in production on the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) using conventional pick-and-place machinery, saving production costs and increasing quality and reliability to the final device.

The RUN mXTEND™ belongs to a new generation of antenna products (Virtual Antenna™) focused on replacing conventional antenna solutions with miniature and off-the-shelf components where the antenna can remain the same, for example, if there is a need to upgrade a device to a new standard (e.g. 4G to 5G), even future frequencies that are not working yet.

Find in this new reference design how you can use RUN mXTEND™ as you need in your next IoT wireless project.

 

About Fractus Antennas

Barcelona-based Fractus Antennas SL designs, manufactures and commercializes miniature, off-the-shelf antennas for IoT, mobile connectivity, and short-range wireless devices. Founded as an independent antenna product business in 2015, Fractus Antennas was born out of the main Fractus operation and combines a respected R&D team with proven manufacturing capabilities and scale to bring to market a new generation of antenna products to meet the mobile and wireless connectivity needs of OEMs.

Antenna design short course EuMW Madrid

10 Jul 2018 News

Fractus Antennas and Microwave Office have organized a hands-on course to show how designing a multiband antenna system is now as simple as designing the matching network. The antenna does not longer need customization thanks to the new generation of a tiny and off-the-shelf antenna component by Fractus Antennas called antenna booster. By using the booster mXTENDTM family and the Microwave Office Circuit Simulation Software the audience will learn how to make the design of IoT/Mobile devices simpler, faster and more cost-effective.

This dynamic course is divided into two different parts. A detailed presentation of the antenna-less technology fundamentals will be the main discussion of the first part, including booster specs, matching network architectures, multiband applications, among others. The second part of the session is designed to put the theory into practice. Attendees will be able to design two examples from the scratch using the Virtual AntennaTM technology on site and a unique and personal Microwave Office and AXIEM EM Simulator license that could be used for 5 more days. Fractus Antennas will provide ground plane booster samples, along with the software license, to all the participants that request them so everybody can test the antennas in their facilities after the course.

The “Multiband Chip Antenna Design Hands-on Course” will be managed by Dr. Jaume Anguera and Dr. Aurora Andujar, lead inventors of the ‘antenna-less’ Virtual Antenna™ technology at Fractus Antennas. Attendees should bring a laptop and will be given a temporary license for Microwave Office to practice multiband matching networks during the course.

 

MULTIBAND CHIP ANTENNA DESIGN HANDS-ON COURSE DETAILS

  • Date: Tuesday, 25 September
  • Location: European Microwave Week 2018 Madrid. IFEMA, Room A9.8
  • Time: 9:30 – 12:00

 

  • Agenda:

Part 1 Ground Plane Booster Antenna Technology (1h)

Introduction
Ground plane boosters fundamentals
Single band and multiband applications
Other architectures (MIMO, Tunable solutions)

Part 2 Design Using NI AWR Design Environment Platform – Microwave Office Circuit Simulation Software (1,5h)

Design of a small antenna system at ISM (Industrial-Scientific-Medical)
Design b of a multiband antenna system at 4G (824MHz-960MHz and 1710MHz-2690MHz)
Both designs will start from scratch: from the initial S-parameter of a ground plane booster without matching network to the final design including the optimized matching network with a ground plane booster

Free Registration is now open

 

About Fractus Antennas

Barcelona-based Fractus Antennas SL designs, manufactures and commercializes miniature, off-the-shelf antennas for IoT, mobile connectivity, and short-range wireless devices. Founded as an independent antenna product business in 2015, Fractus Antennas was born out of the main Fractus operation and combines a respected R&D team with proven manufacturing capabilities and scale to bring to market a new generation of antenna products to meet the mobile and wireless connectivity needs of OEMs.

A single antenna component performs GNSS & Mobile simultaneously

04 Jul 2018 News

Fractus Antennas has just launched a new reference design that explains how to use the TRIO mXTEND™ chip antenna component to get the GNSS and Mobile frequency bands at the same time.

Thanks to its modular, multibandand multiport configuration the same antenna component can be adjusted to cover, among others, the frequency bands used for operating at the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and BeiDou) while it covers worldwide 2G, 3G and 4G.

TRIO mXTEND™ is the newest member of the Virtual Antenna™ family and it is also the only one with a multiport configuration, this means that the chip antenna component can be tuned at two different frequency regions of interest simultaneously through the proper adjustment of the matching network.

This special component is presented in an ultra slim and off-the-shelf package of only 1.0 mm height that could be easily assembled into virtually any device.

The double feature of the TRIO mXTEND™, on one side, the multiport advantage, and on the other, the form factor and the off the shelf advantage makes this antenna component the ideal option for those projects where covering multiple communication standards is a must, for example, fleet management, automotive or IoT, the new generation of “connected things”.

 

 

About Fractus Antennas

Barcelona-based Fractus Antennas SL designs, manufactures and commercializes miniature, off-the-shelf antennas for IoT, mobile connectivity, and short-range wireless devices. Founded as an independent antenna product business in 2015, Fractus Antennas was born out of the main Fractus operation and combines a respected R&D team with proven manufacturing capabilities and scale to bring to market a new generation of antenna products to meet the mobile and wireless connectivity needs of OEMs.