3D-shaped antenna uses LDS technology
February 10, 2010 – Pulse Electronics, a worldwide leader in electronic component and subassembly design and manufacturing, introduces the first long-term evolution (LTE) antenna that can adjust to 7 bands: LTE 700, 850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100, and 2600 megahertz (MHz)Built on the smallest LTE antenna platform available. The antenna is for use in small portable LTE devices such as mobile phones, wireless routers, and wireless modems. The antenna was designed to meet future demands for world phones with truly global roaming that also work seamlessly in LTE multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) networks while providing normal WCDMA, CDMA, and GSM access.
The adjustable single-element antenna requires only a single feed to cover all seven cellular operating bands with no market-specific versions needed comes in an extremely compact size of 50.2 x 18.0 x 6.9 millimeters, which includes volume for speakers and other accessories within the antenna frame structure.
Pulse’s LTE antenna is manufactured using Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) technologyLDS enables finer tuning of the antenna during production by allowing for finer line width and spacing than any other 3D antenna manufacturing technology on the market. 3D shapes are needed to achieve ever smaller and thinner mobile devices. They provide better RF performance by optimizing the space available for the antenna and permit more design freedom, especially in the case of the round shape.
LTE provides the ability to deliver high data rates to a variety of consumer devices including Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and smartphones. To achieve maximum data rate, the current LTE standard calls for MIMO antenna technology, or using two separate antenna structures for multiple transmitting and receiving signals. The Pulse LTE antenna has been characterized in 2×2 MIMO implementation. The antenna configuration has two ports and diversity in all operating frequencies. The required antenna volume is small and there is significantly lower correlation between antennas than seen in any other handset MIMO configurations.
“Pulse wanted a universal, truly global antenna solution, and we believe this new 7-band antenna meets that goal,” said Maritta Timosaari, director sales and marketing, Pulse Finland Oy. “Thus far, to our knowledge, only 4-5 band industrialized solutions are available in the market, and very little work has been done with MIMOs. Until now, almost all MIMO solutions have been demonstrated only on a single band. Pulse’s 7-band LTE antennas are a natural evolution of Pulse’s switchable antenna family, which has been available since 2003. Based on Pulse’s well-known and proven antenna technology, they are readily available, are of high quality, and come with Pulse service and support.”
Pulse’s 7-band LTE antennas are RoHS compliant and meet LTE, WCDMA, CDMA, GSM, and TD-SCDMA standards. They are packaged in trays. Engineering samples are available. Additional information is available on datasheet: http://www.pulseelectronics.com/download/3667/adjustable_lte_antenna/pdf.
Pulse Electronics is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing, and subassembly sales of electronic components. Pulse products are used in the web infrastructure, computers, networking, communications, power conversion, defense and aerospace, automotive, and the wireless industries. State-of-the-art custom designs and catalog products position Pulse as a complete source for electronic OEMs, contract manufacturers, and ODMs. Pulse is a participating member of IEEE, ATIS, ETSI, HDMI, the DSL Forum, CommNexus, and MoCA.
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