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Intel, Etenna partner on antenna solution

Posted: 04 Mar 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:etenna? intel? antenna? notebook computers?

Etenna Corp., an antenna developer for commercial wireless applications, and Intel Corp. have collaborated to create an antenna solution for high performance wireless-enabled notebook computers. OEMs and ODMs can use this reference design to directly address co-existence and incorporate 802.11a/b and Bluetooth antennas into their future products.

Etenna and Intel have been working together for almost a year to apply antenna and surface treatment technology to Intel's reference design mobile platforms to provide outstanding mobile connectivity. Specifically, the two companies have been using Etenna's artificial magnetic conductor (AMC) technology, an electrically thin, lossless material that blocks surface waves, to enhance the performance of internal antennas.

"We are strategically placing 'RF speed bumps' along the edge of the laptop screen to reduce surface currents created by the antennas," said Greg Mendolia, Etenna's EVP. "Applying this treatment between antennas embedded into laptops dramatically improves in-band isolation by over 20dB. Without this treatment, the isolation is typically 20dB to 25dB, but with the treatment isolation in excess of 45dB has been achieved within Intel's specified form factor."

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