Chip Antennas

Product OverviewChip Antenna ANT Series

Chip Antenna ANT Series
TDK's ANT series ceramic chip antennas feature compact and low profile designs utilizing low temperature co-fired ceramic technology (LTCC). Even with their small size and thin profile, TDK antennas maintain high performance and reliability, all with the industry's smallest "keep-out" area on the PCB which enable ease of PCB design and revision at each development stage.

This Tech Note will offer some valuable information to assist you on designing your product with TDK's ANT series chip antenna.

Product Feature 1: Compact sizes

Antenna size

TDK's chip antennas are designed according to the concept of "compact size with low profiles", such as the majority of antenna products are 1.6 x 0.8 x 0.4mm in size.

Antenna area size

Figure 1 shows the results of simulations performed on a circuit board using 3 different types of antennas.
Compared to PCB pattern antennas and mechanical antennas, TDK's chip antennas can successfully reduce antenna area sizes with no degradation of performance.

Figure 1: Antenna area sizes
TDK chip antenna PCB pattern antenna Mechanical antenna
Whole PCB view Antenna area Antenna area Antenna area
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Comparison of antenna performance Comparison of antenna performance

Product Feature 2: High performance even at positions other than PCB corners

TDK offer antennas suitable for a variety of mounting position on the PCB allowing for greater design flexibility. In certain antenna mounting position where PCB Pattern antenna do not performance so well, chip antenna can provide excellent performance in comparison, as shown in Figure 2. In the simulation below, TDK's antenna are shown to have better performance by 2dB or greater, even with less than half the antenna area as PCB pattern antenna.

Figure 2: Example of improvement achieved by a TDK chip antenna (half the antenna area while improving efficiency by 2dB or more)
Example of improvement achieved by a TDK chip antenna
Example of improvement achieved by a TDK chip antenna
Example of improvement achieved by a TDK chip antenna
Example of improvement achieved by a TDK chip antenna
Example of improvement achieved by a TDK chip antenna

Product Feature 3: Multi-band antenna lineup

TDK's chip antennas are available as multi-band antennas.
Figure 3 shows the modification of a 2.4GHz-band PCB pattern antenna into a 2.4/5GHz dual-band antenna using a chip antenna from TDK.
In this example, the antenna area is reduced and it is successfully changed to a dual-band type with no degradation of its 2.4GHz-band performance.

Figure 3: Change to 2.4/5GHz dual bands by using a TDK chip antenna
Change to 2.4/5GHz dual bands by using a TDK chip antenna
Change to 2.4/5GHz dual bands by using a TDK chip antenna
Change to 2.4/5GHz dual bands by using a TDK chip antenna
Change to 2.4/5GHz dual bands by using a TDK chip antenna
Change to 2.4/5GHz dual bands by using a TDK chip antenna

Product Feature 4: Board revisions at each development stage are unnecessary

TDK's chip antenna performance can be optimized using capacitor and/or inductor as tuning elements. This flexible design aspect allow for easy fine-tuning at each stage of design without changing the PCB layout.

TDK offers simplified antenna simulation tool to help you gauge the antenna performance by changing antenna mounting positions and keep out area size to determine feasibility study for your application.

TDK chip Antenna PCB pattern antenna
Additional costs associated with changes in mounting positions or surrounding metallic materials TDK's chip antenna can be tuned with capacitors and inductors. Since the values for these elements can be changed at each development stage, there is no need to revise the board layout.
TDK chip Antenna
The resonant frequency of the antenna will be slightly affected by factors such as the surrounding metallic materials.
Therefore, if PCB pattern antennas are used, it will be necessary for the layout to be revised at each customer development stage.
PCB pattern antenna

Product Feature 5: Simple product design compatible with automatic mounting and reflow

As shown in figure 4, TDK chip antenna are SMD components so they do not have additional cost associated with other types of antenna design since they can be mounted by reflow process.

Figure 4: TDK Chip Antenna Cost Advantage
TDK Chip antennas require no additional costs or labor
TDK Chip antennas require no additional costs or labor
TDK Chip antennas require no additional costs or labor
TDK Chip antennas require no additional costs or labor

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