Omron: 1st mass-producible polymeric ultra-wideband antenna


Omron Corp. launched a new SMD Polymeric Antenna (WXA-N1SL) for short-range, wireless Ultra-Wideband (UWB) applications. UWB, a recently commercialized short-range wireless technology, is expected to be widely adopted in consumer goods. UWB functions as a low-power-consuming wireless USB (universal serial bus), allowing users to transfer large amounts of data rapidly between devices in close range, including high-definition video data.

While various antennae are available, Omron’s new antenna is said to combines compact size with high-performance, a proprietary molding technology, and dielectric polymer material, allowing flexibility in shape and design. Mass production was achieved the Omron’s factory in Shiga prefecture, Japan. Omron expects to optimize future versions for the recently announced next-generation Bluetooth-Over-UWB platform.

Antenna size is 12 x 5 x 1.1 mm; frequency range is 3.1-4.9 GHz. UWB allows data rates of up to 480 Mbps at a range of 3 m and below; up to 110 Mbps at a range within 10 m is under development.

—Edited by Mark T. Hoske , Control Engineering editor in chief

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