Fractus Antennas

Innovating a New Class of Miniature Chip Antenna Components

 

Company

Fractus Antennas SL designs, manufactures, and commercializes miniature, off-the-shelf antennas for smartphones, short-range wireless, and connected internet of things (IoT) devices. Founded as an independent antenna product business in 2015, Fractus Antennas was born out of the main Fractus operation and combines a respected R&D team with proven manufacturing capabilities and scale to bring to market a new generation of antenna products to meet the mobile and wireless connectivity needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Challenge

Fractus Antennas designs matching networks for a new class of off-the-shelf, surface-mount technology (SMT) chip antenna components called antenna boosters based on the company’s proprietary Virtual Antenna™ antennaless technology. The challenge faced by Fractus Antennas designers is that the antenna booster component, which fits within any application, mobile/IoT, and/or device, needs a matching network that is more sophisticated than the typical T or Pi network needed for a conventional antenna.

Solution

The design team chose the NI AWR Design Environment platform, specifically Microwave Office circuit design software, as the ideal complement for Virtual Antenna, describing it as “a smart software with great optimization and tolerance analysis features that helps to complete the design from concept to production in a fast and effective way.” Microwave Office software provides a number of optimization and tolerance analysis tools that helped the team design the sophisticated matching networks needed for Virtual Antenna.

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