Measuring 40 x 10 x 3.3 mm, Minima is the smallest 5G antenna that Antenova has brought to market and its small volume and low weight, below three grams, makes it suitable for small, lightweight designs for 4G and 5G frequencies, and designs that use both frequencies.
Minima is a multi-band cellular antenna covering the common 4G and 5G frequencies used globally, including the popular Band 71, 617- 698 MHz, used by T-Mobile in the USA. It can therefore be used in designs that will be marketed globally.
According to the company the Minima has been able to achieve efficiencies of up to 60%, which will help designers to achieve certification for their 5G designs.
The Minima is being unveiled at a time when the Global Mobile Suppliers Association reports an increase in super-fast 5G networks and 5G devices, identifying 493 operators in 150 countries that have invested in 5G, and 205 operators in in 80 countries have launched 5G mobile services and 5G devices. The number of devices available for the 5G networks has grown by more than 60% in the last 12 months.
Bloomberg has also reported growing demand for high bandwidth entertainment services, such as 4K video streaming and remote AR/VR gaming that are driving growth, while oil, gas, mining, and energy utilities are investing in 5G networks to connect millions of industrial IoT (IIoT) devices. Emergency healthcare, transport, smart cities, V2X and drones will also use 5G.