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'Raptor' SMD Antenna Can Pinpoint a Location to Within Centimeters
3rd January 2019, Hatfield, UK: Antenova Ltd,
manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the Internet of Things, has
developed a new
SMD positioning antenna that achieves an extraordinary level of accuracy
in the GNSS bands – it can pinpoint a location to within centimetres.
The Raptor antenna utilises the L2, 1200 MHz satellite bands which recently became
available for civilian use. It is the latest addition to Antenova's lamiiANT range of
rigid FR4 antennas which are designed for easy insertion onto a PCB.
The antenna itself is very small - it is a GPS single feed antenna in SMD form, measuring
just 16.0 x 8.0 x 1.6 mm, which makes it suitable for small PCBs within all kinds
of small electronic devices.
"This is an outstanding antenna, because it achieves the same precision as a much
larger, heavier ceramic patch antenna, but in a very compact SMD part," says Colin Newman,
CEO of Antenova, "A ceramic antenna would need to be 35mm x 35mm to achieve a similar
level of accuracy and performance." Raptor is supplied in Tape & Reel for ease in
high volume manufacturing applications.
The addition of the L2 frequency band combines multi-band satellite signal reception
and GNSS correction data. This helps to mitigate position errors, greatly improving accuracy,
especially in urban areas. As well as improving tracking, the L2 band is beneficial for
UAV's, Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Agriculture, grid mapping and many other similar
Antenova will be showing samples of the Raptor antenna at CES, so for more information
please visit Antenova at the show, booth #2220 in the Westgate hall, or visit
Antenova Ltd is a leading developer and supplier of high performing integrated antennas
and RF solutions for wireless communication, consumer electronic and wireless M2M devices.
Antenova's broad range of standard antennas and RF modules are ideally suited for
GSM, CDMA, 3G, 4G, LTE, 5G-NR, NB-IoT, GPS, GNSS, WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, LP-WAN, LoRa,
Sigfox, Weightless-P and ISM, for M2M and IoT applications.
One of Antenova's latest antennas, the Robusta chip antenna from the company's ROBUSTA
range, for use on metal surfaces and IoT applications, was the winner of the Hardware
Award at Embedded World 2018.
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
3 Bishop Square
Hatfield, Herts AL10 9NA
Mobile: +44 (0) 7768 922 707
Posted January 8, 2019