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Taoglas, Peregrine join forces for M2M market

Posted: 20 May 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE antenna? M2M? DTC?

Taoglas USA Inc. has collaborated with Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. to deliver what they say is a dynamically tunable LTE antenna solution to the M2M market. According to them, the solution contains an embedded surface-mount ceramic PIFA antenna from Taoglas-the Warrior PA.710.A-and Peregrine's PE64102 DuNE digitally tunable capacitor (DTC) on one evaluation board.

The solution enables M2M devices to reach wide bandwidths and meet requirements for high performance using similar antenna space requirements as 3G/4G systems, continued the firms. Additionally, it has the ability to dynamically change the antenna band "on the fly" to match the cellular band a radio module is using.

"Today's wireless devices must now support a subset of more than 40 frequency bands, worldwide. M2M devices, in particular, must adapt 'in the field,' in order to connect to the strongest signal," said Mark Schrepferman, director of the communications and industrial product line for Peregrine's high-performance solutions business unit. "By dynamically tuning the antenna with DuNE DTCs, the system can support multiple bands while providing optimal RF performance. We are pleased to work with Taoglas to bring this cost-effective solution to the M2M market."

The evaluation board will be available directly from Taoglas and online in the coming months through its distributors. The Warrior PA.710.A wide-band antenna covers all working frequencies in the 3G/4G cellular space but will require a certain ground plane size.

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