Antenna technology improves range and connectivity

High performance antenna technologies and systems from Antenna Company, include both indoor and outdoor WiFi, connected home, mobile computing, telematics and IoT applications.

The patented SuperShape technology is claimed to improve gain, efficiency, isolation, and coverage compared with conventional embedded antenna designs on the market. Independent benchmark tests have shown the antennae increase range and throughput by 50 to 100 per cent in both line of sight and non-line of sight test conditions. Using the proprietary dielectric resonator design approach, the shape and size of the antennae can be tailored to meet custom demands of performance, system integration and cost.

For indoor WiFi applications, high performance antennae provide superior radiation characteristics with greater efficiency and gain compared to conventional antennae, says the company. Dual- and single-band antenna systems are offered for compact, embedded designs which require high levels of isolation between multiple antennae. Optimised reference designs are available for 802.11ac MIMO or multi-user MIMO system configurations ranging from 2 x 2 up to 8 x 8, delivering Gbit wireless performance.

For outdoor WiFi applications, the SuperShape directional WiFi antennae enable compact, high gain, high performance antenna arrays designed for harsh outdoor conditions – while outperforming larger micro-strip array solutions, claims the company. They can be used for wireless backhaul, high density metropolitan, and stadium deployments as well as 3G/4G network offload applications.

For smart home and connected home applications, the company has developed embedded low-loss antenna designs for integration into set top box and other connected home devices.

There are also compact designs, optimised for use in laptop computers and other mobile computing devices. In addition to improvement in MIMO WiFi performance, these antenna designs can be 40 per cent smaller than competing designs which frees up space for integration of other wireless technologies, such as LTE or 60GHz.

Lastly, Antenna Company has developed robust, multi-band antenna solutions for telematics applications which require global satellite tracking and cellular connectivity.

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