EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – To accelerate the development of wireless devices for Sigfox, LoRa, narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT), LTE-M, Bluetooth and other IoT and 5G/LTE networks, NI AWR Design Environment software now includes an extensible markup language (XML) library for compact, surface-mount antenna components from Fractus Antennas (NN).
“The inclusion of this new antenna library furthers NI AWR software support for integration of RF front-end modules with single- or multi-band antenna configurations for wireless connectivity,” said Sherry Hess, vice president of marketing for AWR Group, NI. “These NN Virtual AntennaTM components, inclusive of BAR, CUBE, ALL and RUN parts, can be quickly and easily accessed by our customers from within the elements browser of the software.”
“The new NN library set, which includes the mXTEND™ Fractus Antennas products, is another step forward in our commitment to making antenna integration with the wireless device design process easy and complete,” said Dr. Carles Puente, co-founder and vice president of innovation at Fractus Antennas.
With the inclusion of these antenna parts, RF designers can rapidly address component integration on a printed-circuit board substrate through direct simulation of the Fractus Antennas part of choice, along with front-end components such as power amplifiers, low-noise amplifiers, and filters, as well as any required impedance matching. Front-end component-to-antenna matching can also be developed using the network synthesis module in Microwave Office circuit design software to ensure maximum power transfer between RF driving circuitry and the antenna.
The Fractus Antennas XML library is available directly from within the elements tab of NI AWR Design Environment software. To see a demonstration of this capability, interested parties are encouraged to attend the Fractus Antennas workshop, “Antenna Boosters for IoT Devices,” at EDI CON China, being held in Beijing April 1-3, 2019.