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Small dual-band antenna for IoT, strong performer
Hatfield, UK, 29th April 2022 - Antenova Ltd, the UK-based manufacturer of antennas
and RF antenna modules for M2M
and the IoT, launches a new low-profile antenna displaying strong performance
on both Europe's 868 MHz bands and the U.S. 915 MHz bands.
The new antenna is named "Lama," part number SRFI065. It was developed for small
connected devices operating on the LP-WAN networks including LoRa, Sigfox, Wi-SUN
and MIoTy. This antenna uses the ISM frequencies in Europe and America or both,
which means that one product design can be sold in both US and European markets.
Lama is a particularly small antenna, making it suited to designs with limited
real estate. It is a flexible printed circuit (FPC) antenna measuring 35 x 10 x
0.15 mm, supplied with a standard 100 mm RF cable with I-PEX MHF connector. This
shape allows it to be mounted several different ways in a design.
The antenna performed equally well in tests for the 868 MHz and 915 MHz bands,
showing a peak efficiency at 60%, and maximum VSWR of 1.5:1 for both frequency bands.
The LP-WAN networks, also known as ISM, use frequencies 863 - 870 MHz in Europe
and 902 - 928 MHz in the US. They are licence-free bands which are typically used
to connect large fleets of low powered devices which transmit small packets of data
across large physical distances at low bit rates.
These characteristics make the Lama antenna a good choice for small networked
devices operating across wide geographic areas in IoT applications. The Lama antenna
therefore targets the fast-growing markets in smart agriculture, smart cities and
Lama will suit agricultural applications using cloud-connected sensors to measure
ground moisture or temperature or to track livestock, e.g. cattle.
It will also suit remote-controlled applications such as meter reading, environmental
monitoring and connected services in smart cities controlling street lighting, parking
sensors or waste bins.
In other IoT sectors, the Lama antenna fits commercial applications in cold chain
transport, distribution, logistics and tracking of goods and containers.
Antenova’s Michael Castle comments: " The Lama antenna targets these growing
markets which will need large volumes of devices on all continents of the world.
For example, we estimate there could be 45 million connected street lights worldwide
Like all of Antenova’s embedded antennas, Lama is designed for easy integration
into a design.
Antenova provides consultancy and testing services and a selection of online
tools and calculators to help designers achieve a successful integration and a high
performance wireless device.
For more details of the lama antenna, please see
Antenova Ltd is a leading developer and supplier of high performing integrated
antennas and RF solutions for wireless communication, consumer electronic and wireless
Antenova's broad range of standard antennas and RF modules are ideally suited
for GSM, CDMA, 3G, 4G, LTE, 5G-NR, 5G, NB-IoT, GPS, GNSS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee,
LP-WAN, LoRa, Sigfox, Weightless-P and ISM, for M2M and IoT applications.
Antenova provides comprehensive design advice and technical support, including
custom antenna design, engineering, integration and test services to ensure the
best possible performing antenna solutions for customer devices For more details,
please visit www.antenova.com.
Phone: +44 7768 922 707
Product Marketing Manager
Posted May 5, 2022