Online calculator guides wireless design

Resources for designers from Antenova include a free-of-charge Transmission Line Calculator tool. It is designed to help designers integrate antennae onto new PCB designs.

The Antenna Transmission Line Calculator tool helps designers calculate the grounded co-planar wave guide trace and optimise antenna performance, based on the key parameters of a PCB design.

The need to integrate antennae into devices is accelerating as designers create for the IoT. The company wants to minimise challenges and provide resources to explain the fundamentals of antenna integration. It also wants to assist with the process of designing-in the antenna. There is also engineering support for architecture and Gerber reviews, and passive and active OTE testing, using anechoic chambers and test equipment.

Online resources include technical data to enable faster, more successful integration of an antenna. The company’s datasheets detail radiation patterns for each antenna and provide suggestions for PCB layouts. There are also CAD and STEP footprint files for the company’s embedded antennae on the website, for download.

A series of papers containing facts about antenna performance and design tips, to help antenna selection and PCB design decisions, such as determining distances from other surfaces and ground plane sizes is also available, together with detailed videos covering the issues around antenna design and implementation, presented by the company’s experienced design engineers.

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