Antenova Ltd, U.K.-based manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and IoT, announced a new flexible embedded antenna for the next generation of small monitoring devices on North America’s 915 MHz ISM and LoRaWAN networks.
This antenna, named Fera, part no. SRFI068, is a flexible printed circuit (FPC) antenna measuring 33 x 13 x 0.15 mm. FPC antennas do not require a ground plane to function, which is an advantage in small designs where space is tight, as no empty space is needed around the antenna on the PCB.
This antenna can be bent or curled and inserted precisely into a design and fixed in place by a self-adhesive patch. This makes the integration of the antenna simpler and is practical for low to medium manufacturing volumes.
Fera is available in two shapes—horizontal and vertical orientation, so there are two options for integrating it into a design. It comes with an integral UFL IPEX connector in a choice of two standard cable lengths: 100mm or 150mm, and two cable types–horizontal and vertical—to give designers several options for connecting to the PCB.
The Fera antenna is designed for smart IoT and monitoring applications now rolling out across North America in the ISM and LoRa bands. It is ideal for small devices with small PCBs, that will be used for remote monitoring, smart meters, medical devices, automotive applications, and other devices using ISM and LoRa gateways.
“Our Fera antenna is shipping now. Its compact size makes it perfect for small, unobtrusive sensor designs using LoRa, and Antenova offers the confidence coming from 20 successful years in antenna design, plus in-region English speaking support,” said Michael Castle, Antenova’s product manager.