Antenova celebrates its 20th year
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:

Antenova, a UK-based manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the Internet of Things (IoT) is celebrating 20 years since it was founded on 3 September 1999.

The company was formed to commercialise the multi-band dielectric resonator antennas developed at Sheffield and Brisbane Universities. It states that were just one tenth of the size of other antennas and ideal for the growing mobile phone market because they supported multiple bands and would not de-tune close to the human head, thereby improving mobile performance, increasing range, battery life and dropped call rates.

Since then, Antenova has devised antenna solutions for each generation of wireless networks. For example, its Fusca Bluetooth antenna, launched in 2007 is still in the company’s product portfolio and remains the company’s smallest high-volume shipment short-range wireless antenna.

More recently, the company has been developing small, multiband antennas for mobile phones to develop high performing antennas for LTE. Some of these antennas have active tuning to support the requirements of today’s IoT products and meet the challenges of small ground planes. Antenova is now migrating these designs to the new 5G standards to create a new generation of embedded antennas for cellular networks.

In 2008, the company entered the emerging wireless and M2M markets, and today focuses on the following areas: healthcare, smart homes, energy, automotive, industry and wearables.

Antenova’s latest products are the REFLECTOR antenna which operates on or near metal surfaces without detuning and the Raptor antenna, which (the company claims) pinpoints locations to within centimetres and enables greater accuracy in tracking and positioning devices.

“Our first antennas were for mobile handset and laptop manufacturers, then for other kinds of portable devices,” said Colin Newman, Antenova’s CEO.

“Today we offer four families of antennas – gigaNOVA, ceriiANT, lamiiANT and flexiiANT – for IoT and consumer devices. Our antennas improve performance, extend range and preserve battery life because they are small, with good isolation, superb efficiency and resistance to de-tuning.”

“Over the last 20 years Antenova’s engineers have worked with virtually every type of wireless concept and technology, which means our customers benefit from an unrivalled level of expertise and engineering support,” Newman added.

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