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Omron tips 'first' global WiMAX antenna for notebooks

Posted: 20 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX polymer antenna? high dielectric polymer? WiMAX MIMOi?

Omron Corp. has introduced a global WiMAX band polymer antenna, the HAWK-WMX, for laptops, notebooks, tablet and ultramobile PCs. Smaller than competing products, the HAWK-WMX fits under the lid of notebook PCs, enabling computer manufacturers to design smaller and lighter models for highly mobile users, said Omron.

The HAWK-WMX, which employs the high dielectric polymer material and precision molding technology used in Omron's UWB antenna range, measures 30mm x 6.6mm but can deliver uniform RF performance across three global WiMAX bands (2.3-2.8GHz, 3.3-3.8GHz and 5.25-5.85GHz). The HAWK-WMX is WiMAX MIMOi compliant, and with its global band attributes can also be used as a Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) MIMO antenna.

"As society becomes increasingly mobile, consumers are demanding devices that offer global connectivity in ever smaller and lighter formats," said Masaharu Tsujimoto of Omron's advanced components division. "WiMAX offers a powerful next-generation solution for providing wireless mobility, but the frequencies on which WiMAX services are offered differ from country to country and sometimes region to region. Meanwhile, computer OEMs and ODMs are already supporting multiple wireless protocols such as 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and UWB, each of which usually requires a separate antenna. With mounting space at a premium, there is a clear need for ultra-small antennas that will enable products to function in any region with consistently high performance. The HAWK-WMX delivers a small footprint without compromising performance and can replace five notebook antennas for WiMAX and Wi-Fi with three smaller ones."

The HAWK-WMX is the latest in Omron's WiPLADS (Wireless Polymeric Advanced Devices) series of high dielectric, multiradio antennas for notebooks, tablets and ultramobile computers. The series includes UWB and Wi-Fi antennas.

The WXA-HKFT model measures 30mm x 6.6mm x 3.6mm and has a VSWR 3 (max.). Frequency range is rated at 2.3-2.7GHz, 3.3-3.8GHz and 5.25-5.85GHz.

The WXA-HKFD device model with frequency range of 2.3-2.7GHz and 5.25-5.85GHz also has a VSWR 3 max. The device measures 16mm x 5.5mm x 5mm.




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