Antenova releases new FPC antennas for M2M and IoT applications

Antenova states that analysts continue to predict huge market expansion in the M2M and Internet of Things sectors, with some stating that the market will grow to nearly US$250 billion by 2020

UK-based provider of integrated antennas and RF solutions for wireless communication Antenova has announced three new Fabry-Perot Cavity (FPC) antennas for M2M and IoT industrial and consumer applications including remote sensors, smart metering, monitoring equipment, lighting and security.

Fabry-Perot Cavity (FPC) antennas provide high gain, while remaining low cost and compact. Applications of FPC antennas include high speed wireless LAN and various point-to-point radio links.

The three antennas operate on different bands for different applications. A company release states that two of the antennas, named Dromus and Amoris are high performance dual band Wi-Fi antennas operating on the 2.4-2.5GHz and 4.9-5.9GHz wireless bands, including Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/j/n/ac.

The Dromus and Amoris antennas says Antenova, are suitable for access points, portable electronics, PC cards, games consoles, set-top boxes, network devices, and wearable technology.

The third antenna, Montana, operates in the ISM bands of 863-870MHz and 902-928MHz. The third antenna is used for remote sensors, smart metering, medical devices, monitoring equipment, lighting, security and automotive applications.

Technology make-up

The flexible FPC antennas are 0.15mm thick, and are supplied with a peel-back self-adhesive area to fix them inside a small electronic device, in various configurations.

The antennas are packaged complete with a cable and a connector to attach them to the underside covering or housing of a manufacturer’s electronic product. Each antenna weighs less than 0.5g.

Antenova adds that the three new antennas can be pooped into the IPEX MHF (UFL) mating connector on a host PCB or wireless module, and are effectively “plug and play”.

Commenting, Colin Newman, managing director at Antenova says: “The market opportunities are in the areas of energy, smart homes, healthcare, automotive, retail, and the new wearable technologies, and we have antenna solutions for all of these sectors.”