Hatfield-based Antenova has developed a new SMD positioning antenna that it says achieves an extraordinary level of accuracy in the GNSS bands and can pinpoint a location to within centimetres.
The company’s Raptor antenna utilises the L2, 1200MHz satellite bands which recently became available for civilian use and is the latest addition to Antenova’s lamiiANT range of rigid FR4 antennas which are designed for easy insertion onto a PCB.
Raptor is a GPS single feed antenna in SMD form, measuring just 16.0 x 8.0 x 1.6mm, which makes it suitable for small PCBs within all kinds of small electronic devices.
“This is an outstanding antenna, because it achieves the same precision as a much larger, heavier ceramic patch antenna, but in a very compact SMD part,” says Colin Newman, CEO of Antenova, “A ceramic antenna would need to be 35mm x 35mm to achieve a similar level of accuracy and performance.”
Raptor is supplied in Tape & Reel for ease in high volume manufacturing applications.
The addition of the L2 frequency band combines multi-band satellite signal reception and GNSS correction data. This helps to mitigate position errors, greatly improving accuracy, especially in urban areas. As well as improving tracking, the L2 band is beneficial for UAV’s, Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Agriculture, grid mapping and many other similar emerging applications.
Antenova will be showcasing Raptor at CES in Las Vegas next week.