Taoglas Limited (Wexford, Ireland), an M2M antenna provider, on Thursday launched an LTE, septa-band, surface mount antenna (SMT), which is said to deliver 70 % more efficiency in a design that is smaller than current market wide-band antennas.
According to Taoglas, this PA.700.A Viking antenna covers all worldwide cellular bands from 700 MHz to 960 MHz and 1710 MHz to 2170 MHz for GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, DCS, PCS, UMTS, HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE and LTE. The PA.700.A Viking is an off-the-shelf LTE antenna that can be used with any M2M product manufacturer for 4G/3G/2G capabilities in small devices.
The antenna requires no customization, according to Taoglas, which means antennas can be matched by changing the matching circuit. The antenna is delivered one tape and reel and can be surface mounted.
The company says signal loss is minimized due to a 50 ohm CPW transmission line on the short end of the device board from the module to the antenna. The antenna is 40x6x5 mm in size.
“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 at Taoglas.