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Module integrates GPS radio IC and antenna

Posted: 16 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPS? RF antenna? receiver? Antenova? Radionova?

GPS Radionova RF antenna module from Antenova

Antenova Ltd has announced the availability of GPS Radionova RF antenna module for embedded GPS applications for mobile handsets, personal navigation devices (PNDs), PDAs and laptop computers. This module integrates a high-performance and low-power receiver IC with the company's high-efficiency, single-ended, internally balanced antenna technology.

"Antenova's balanced antenna technology enables GPS RF antenna modules to operate independent of component placement and the ground plane size," stated Greg McCray, CEO of Antenova. "Integration of the antenna and RF provides optimized performance, placement flexibility and reduced BOM coststhus making it a lower risk and simpler solution for OEMs to design into their own hardware module solutions. Further benefits include reduction in development cost and faster time-to-market for handset designers and manufacturers."

The GPS Radionova RF antenna module is a true drop-in solution that delivers high efficiency and reliable performance. The module consists of a GPS radio IC and Antenova's patented single-feed balanced antenna in a small 7-by-34.5-by-4mm package with a low profile connector for vertical mounting. Because of its small size and balanced antenna technology, this GPS RF antenna module only requires a PCB with a groundplane as small as 20-by-40mm for efficient operation.

"GPS Radionova will allow Antenova to address the growing GPS market, which is predicted to reach 322 million GPS enabled mobile handset, PDAs and laptop computers by 2009," McCray added. "This is the first in our range of RF antenna modules, which will be followed by GSM/CDMA, 3G, dual-mode GPS/GSM and dual-mode Wi-Fi/GSM RF antenna modules."

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