Thursday, January 07, 2010

FXP-14 Antenna Is Ground-Plane Independent

Alpha Micro Components is offering the Taoglas FXP.14 antenna, a flexible circuit GSM/cellular antenna that is ground-plane independent and measures 70 x 20mm. It is suitable for machine-to-machine (M2M) devices used in tracking, navigation, automotive and telemedical applications that require an embedded-antenna solution. It is designed to be mounted directly onto the product casing, saving design space and creating extra clearances for the antenna to radiate.

A reference housing and PCB was used to design the antenna in order to predict real-life deployment. As it has its own ground plane and over 50 per cent antenna efficiency, the FXP.14 delivers effective network connection. Its high sensitivity means that connection can be sourced in low-signal areas and is also suited to devices that require higher data-throughput rates. The FXP-14 enables quick network-approval turnaround and a lower probability of radiated spurious emission.

The FXP-14 hepta-band antenna delivers a efficiency of over 50 per cent on all cellular bands: 850, 900, 1,700, 1,800, 1,900, 2,100MHz for GSM, CDMA, DCS, PCS, WCDMA, UMTS, HSPA, GPRS and EDGE. It also features 1,575MHz for cellular or CDMA modules with AGPS where enhanced 911 is a requirement.

Covering all worldwide cellular markets, the FXP-14 is compatible with the complete range of M2M modules and is particularly suited to those that require a connector. The FXP-14 antenna uses the same design technique found in most high-end mobile phones and can be placed directly on the underside of the device. Its flexible substrate is conformable to the curves of the housing and is 0.1mm deep.

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