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Antenova’s Pharaoh 4G Antenna Reduces The Groundplane By 50%, To Fit Tiny Trackers

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

Antenova’s Pharaoh SMD antenna is the company’s latest offering and is half the footprint of their other 4G cellular antennas. The company manufactures antenna and RF antenna modules for IoT and M2M.

Aimed at smaller PCBs, the Pharaoh antenna covers all 4G frequencies

  • 698 – 824 MHz
  • 1710 – 2170 MHz
  • 2300—2400 MHz
  • 2500 – 2690 MHz

The tiny groundplane offer designers a wide range of device applications on small circuit boards, such as miniature pet trackers, wearable devices, and OBD II designs.

The Pharaoh SMD was tested on evaluation boards that were 50 x 40 mm and 60 x 40 mm. The performance-to-footprint ratio was better than competing 4G antenna for small circuit boards. The smaller PCBs usually require a minimum of 60 x 40 mm of space, for the 4G antenna. Other 4G antennas also need higher cost band switching networks with lower efficiency ratings.

Michael Castle, Product Marketing Manager, at Antenova Ltd, explains the Pharaoh’s ability.

“The performance of an antenna is directly related to the length of its groundplane. At the lowest 4G frequency 698 MHz, the wavelength for electromagnetic radiation is 42.95 cm. Most antennas require a groundplane of a quarter of the wavelength, w which means they need a space of 107 mm to operate effectively. Our Pharaoh antenna smashes the rule and uses about half of this area.”

The units are supplied with a reference design and matching network, to shorten design cycles and enhance integration into devices.

The overall dimensions of the Pharaoh SMD antenna are 37 x 13 x 3.3 mm

Further Information

The Pharaoh product datasheet, 3D model, and footprint file are downloadable PDFs found on the website. Go to the screen directly from here.

Antenova Ltd |

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