Omron announced that it will introduce a new SMD Polymeric Antenna for short-range, wireless Ultra-Wideband (UWB) applications. Product launch is scheduled for June 1, 2006. UWB is a recently commercialized short-range wireless technology, expected to be widely adopted in consumer goods. Applied in dongles, personal computers, printers, mobile telephones, digital televisions and DVD players, UWB functions as a low-power-consuming wireless USB (universal serial bus), allowing users to transfer large amounts of data rapidly between various devices in close range.
Driven by consumer demand for simple wireless functionality, “point-and-shoot” usability and increasingly mobile lifestyles, the wireless communications market, led by Bluetooth and wireless LAN, has shown phenomenal growth over the past few years. UWB is now attracting particular attention as a solution for high-speed, high-volume reliable data transmission over short distances. For example, UWB makes it possible to transmit high-definition video data wirelessly between a high definition digital TV and DVD player, thereby eliminating the need for expensive and unsightly wires.
Due to the wide frequency range on which UWB operates, electronic devices need to be equipped with a special ultra-wideband antenna for UWB-compatibility. While various antennae are currently in the market, OMRON’s new SMD Polymeric Antenna (type: WXA-N1SL) combines both compact size with high-performance, utilizing the company’s proprietary molding technology and dielectric polymer material. As a result, with OMRON’s antenna, ODMs and OEMS deploying UWB can benefit from flexibility of antenna shape design without compromising on size or performance. Continue>>