Wi-Fi antennae allow content streaming up to 5GHz
802.11/ac Wi-Fi antennae for the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless standard have been announced by Antenova. They are designed for high bandwidth applications in the consumer entertainment sector, specifically set-top boxes, IPTV and content streaming devices. This is in parallel with the roll-out of fibre to the home and the increase of IPTV services, says the company.
As content streaming and video-on-demand push consumers’ Wi-Fi networks to their limits, manufacturers are moving up to the 5GHz spectrum, which has a less crowded frequency, less interference, fewer disconnects and signals as fast as 1Gbit/s, says the company.
Two surface mount antennae have also been introduced specifically for smart TVs, wearable electronics, access points, portable devices, PC cards, internet-connected set-top boxes, network devices and consumer MIMO applications.
The Sharpi, SRC5G027 (pictured) is a compact ceramic antenna for 5GHz, measuring just 1.0 x 0.5 x 0.5mm. The Trogona (part no. SR42W009) is manufactured from FR4 materials, and is a dual-band antenna operating in both Wi-Fi bands, 2.4 to 2.5GHz and 5.17 to 5.84GHz. It works over a ground plane with no clearance, and is also suitable for gaming consoles and IP cameras.
Both antennae are are easy to integrate into a PCB layout, says the company, using its guidance on positioning. The company also offers antenna matching and testing services if and when they are required.