Smallest antenna yet

Fractus has claimed a new standard for antenna miniaturisation with the launch of its smallest antenna for the ISM 2.4GHz band. The 3.7 x 2mm device – called Micro Reach Xtend – is the size of a grain of rice.

The development will provide device designers with more available space for new multimedia applications or allow them to make smaller devices. The miniature antenna, developed especially for Bluetooth headsets and mobile handsets, supports all standards working at the 2.4GHz ISM band, including WiFi, Bluetooth and Zigbee. “Handset manufacturers are faced with the contradictory demands of consumers who want more and more applications in even smaller handsets,” said Albert Algans, manager of technical sales and client support at Fractus. “Micro Reach Xtend will enable manufacturers to incorporate more new multimedia applications into devices as well as allowing them to wireless enable a wider range of consumer electronic devices.”