Antenova Ltd. has developed a brand new antenna for the new Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) standard which was ratified last summer. The antenna is small, measuring just 20 by 11 by 1.6 mm, and is built to a novel design which allows it to perform well within a device, whilst being easy to integrate onto a small PCB. This is a chip antenna in the company’s lamiiANT antenna family. It is named Latona, (part no. SR4C033).
Narrow Band IoT is the latest mobile broadband standard. It uses the 3GPP licenced network spectrum which is secure and free from interference, and offers the combined advantages of low power, long range and the ability to penetrate walls and metal barriers.
“Narrow Band IoT will be good for connecting devices in locations where the signal distance is in kilometers and for locations in basements and underground.” explains Antenova’s CEO, Colin Newman. “It could be the enabler for some of the IoT applications that are emerging that are not suited to the established telecoms networks, where the data throughput is quite low and infrequent. We see these antennas being used for smart metering, agricultural technologies, building automation and smart city applications with lighting, waste bins and parking spaces.”
As with all of Antenova’s embedded antennas, the NB-IoT antennas are designed for quick and easy integration onto a host PCB.