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Taoglas Torpedo AQHA.11.A Active GNSS External Permanent Mount Antenna

Courtesy of Taoglas : Taoglas Torpedo AQHA.11.A Active GNSS External Permanent Mount Antenna

  • GPS / GLONASS / GALILEO / BeiDou / L Band
  • Quad-Helix – Optimized Radiation Pattern
  • Wide Input Voltage Range
  • Dual-Stage LNA
  • IP67 Rated
  • 92.5 D x 120mm H
  • RoHS Compliant

The Taoglas Torpedo AQHA.11 GNSS quadrifilar helix antenna is a high-performance GNSS L1 antenna for demanding GPS / GLONASS / BeiDou / Galileo applications. Its wide bandwidth allows maximum coverage of the main global satellite constellations. The wide axial ratio beamwidth of the quad-helix provides excellent reception and signal fidelity across the sky, reducing multipath effects, all while seeing more low elevation satellites compared to patch antenna designs.

Typical Applications

  • Timing
  • Precision Positioning
  • Telematics
  • Autonomous Routing

The AQHA.11 is provided with a dual-stage combined front-end, which provides high rejection, low noise figure, and excellent gain. The amplifiers accept a wide input voltage range of 2 to 24V and requires low current (10mA typical). The quad-helix AQHA.11 is ready for outdoor industrial and commercial usage with full -40 to +85°C temperature rating and IP67 ingress protection rating.

Taoglas WCM.02.0121 2.4GHz Two Monopole Connector Mount Antenna 

Taoglas WCM.02.0121 2.4GHz Two Monopole Connector Mount Antenna with SMA(F) Connector with Hybrid Coupler

Courtesy of Taoglas : WCM.02.0121 2.4GHz Two Monopole Connector Mount Antenna

  • 2.4GHz Two Monopole
  • Connector Mount Antenna
  • Dimension: 70.2×70.2×6.7mm
  • IP67
  • Connector: SMA(F)
  • RoHS compliant

The WCM.02 2.4GHz antenna is a compact, low-profile two monopole external antenna for 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth applications. A unique PIFA design provides omnidirectional gain across 2.4GHz to 2.5GHz, ensuring constant reception and transmission.

Typical Applications
– Application points
– Routers
– IoT M2M devices
– Smart Home applications

Many module manufacturers specify peak gain limits for any antennas that are to be connected to that module. Those peak gain limits are based on freespace conditions. In practice, the peak gain of an antenna tested in freespace can degrade by at least 1 or 2 dBi when put inside a device. So ideally you should go for a slightly higher peak gain antenna than mentioned on the module specification to compensate for this effect, giving you better performance.

Upon testing of any of our antennas with your device and a selection of appropriate layout, integration technique, or cable, Taoglas can make sure any of our antennas’ peak gain will be below the peak gain limits. Taoglas can then issue a specification and/or report for the selected antenna in your device that will clearly show it complying with the peak gain limits, so you can be assured you are meeting regulatory requirements for that module.

For example, a module manufacturer may state that the antenna must have less than 2 dBi peak gain, but you don’t need to select an embedded antenna that has a peak gain of less than 2 dBi in freespace. This will give you a less optimized solution. It is better to go for a slightly higher freespace peak gain of 3 dBi or more if available. Once that antenna gets integrated into your device, performance will degrade below this 2 dBi peak gain due to the effects of GND plane, surrounding components, and device housing. If you want to be absolutely sure, contact Taoglas and we will test. Choosing a Taoglas antenna with a higher peak gain than what is specified by the module manufacturer and enlisting our help will ensure you are getting the best performance possible without exceeding the peak gain limits.

This antenna comes with an SMA(F) connector for compatibility with most Wi-Fi applications and routers in the market and an IP67 water resistant housing.

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Taoglas Antennas Connect the MangOH Open-Source Cellular Platform

Taoglas Antennas Connect the MangOH Open-Source Cellular Platform to Simplify and Accelerate IoT Development and Adoption

Courtesy of Taoglas : MangOH Open-Source Cellular Platform

There are lots of inventors, developers and makers who have an idea for an IoT solution, but don’t have a platform over which they can design prototypes and test ideas quickly and cost-effectively  in an open source fashion. The mangOH open source hardware program was founded by Sierra Wirelessto make it easier for IoT developers to create prototypes for wired, wireless or sensor technology based on their unique IoT use cases. It utilizes a platform that delivers up to 90 percent of the building blocks required for a prototype in an out-of-the-box fashion. mangOH is the first and only B2B open source cellular platform in the industry.

The mangOH Red platform was introduced to bring these powerful capabilities to the industrial IoT and maker community who required a feature-rich hardware platform with a small footprint and lower-power requirements than any other open-source platforms available. The mangOH Red platform fits the bill with its ‘smaller than a credit card’ footprint, allowing developers to create solutions for industrial IoT and other scenarios where access to reliable power sources may be an issue. Using the mangOH Red platform and Sierra Wireless’s CF3 module, users can achieve up to 10 years of battery life. LTE-m1/NB-IoT connectivity as part of mangOH offering.

“MangOH allows our partners and customers to quickly take ideas to prototypes and test them.  If they succeed, designs developed with the mangOH platform can be modified and repurposed for mass production,” said Ashish Syal, chief engineer, Sierra Wireless, and founder of the mangOH platform.

A big part of any IoT device is, of course, connectivity to the Internet, and the mangOH development team needed antennas that not only delivered highly reliable connectivity in moderate conditions, but also met the strict form-factor requirements of the mangOH board. An existing antenna was not delivering the performance and reliability results the mangOH team required, so the team turned to Taoglas for better answers.

Size and Performance Matter

Taoglas’ WLA.01 is a 2.4GHz high-efficiency miniature SMD edge-mounted ceramic loop antenna for Wi-Fi, WLAN, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and 802.11 applications. It is one of the smallest 2.4GHz antennas available worldwide with dimensions of 3.2*1.6*0.5mm.

“With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity built-in, developers can build wireless products without any expertise in connecting to mobile or PAN networks,” said Syal. “That was incredibly important because we want to enable our customers to do great things and not have to worry about being a connectivity expert. The Taoglas antenna was exactly what I needed for an on-board antenna.”

Size was an important factor in determining which Taoglas antenna to utilize. “What’s impressive [about the WLA.01] is its size. It’s extremely small and fits exactly where we wanted to put it on the platform. You’re always looking for half the size and half the width, but the Taoglas antenna was perfect for our requirements.”

Size wasn’t the only thing Syal was looking for from onboard antennas. “Performance was number one,” he said. “We knew the size was going to work by looking at it. My requirement, because it was a prototyping platform, was that the antenna should be able to provide maximum performance in what I call moderate conditions. It passed with flying colors.”

The mangOH Red kit, which also supports LTE-m1/NB-IoT connectivity, also ships with Taoglas’ FXUB63 antenna, which covers all frequency bands between 698-3000 MHz.

“This kit gives the user true flexibility, with the ability to use the mangOH on 2G/3G/4G networks worldwide, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi bands and certain ISM bands, providing what you want from a development board—simple and quick to use,” said Dermot O’Shea, co-CEO of Taoglas. “We’re proud to be able to deliver on the requirements needed for the MangOH platform and be part of such an exciting IoT initiative designed to speed and simplify IoT development and adoption.

“Sierra Wireless continues to be a great partner and we are not only there to help them with their own requirements but truly focused on getting their customers to market with the best antenna and RF solutions first time and on time”.

The WLA.01 uses the main device PCB as a ground plane, thereby increasing its antenna efficiency. It’s ideal for use in polymer and plastic housings generally associated with IoT devices. When tested in the mangOH system, efficiency was over 45 percent across all the IoT bands. Taoglas made specific recommendations about antenna integration and expectations based on potential use cases for devices built on the mangOH Red platform.

“The antenna gain looks great,” Syal said. “Overall, I think we made an excellent choice choosing these antennas from Taoglas.”

MCS6.A Antenna by Taoglas

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The Taoglas MCS6.A from Taoglas is a low profile LTE/Cellular dielectric antenna for NB-IoT and CAT M1 applications. It provides a gain of up to 3.75 dBi with an efficiency of 68.33% and can handle an input power of up to 5 watts. It is available in a surface mount package that measures 42 x 10 x 3 mm and is ideal for automotive, smart meter, medical and smart city applications.

Taoglas recommends that this antenna be used with a ground-plane length of 120 mm or more to attain its highest rated efficiency.

Product Details

    • Part Number : MCS6.A
    • Manufacturer : Taoglas
    • Description : MCS6.A NB-IoT / CAT M1 Low Profile LTE/Cellular SMD Dielectric Antenna

General Parameters

    • Type : Low Profile, Embedded, PCB
    • Directionality : Omni-Directional
    • Polarization : Linear
    • Standards : GSM, CDMA, DCS, PCS, WCDMA, UMTS, HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE
    • Frequency : 698 MHz to 2.69 GHz
    • Gain : -3.50 to -1.65 dBi
    • Power : 5 W
    • Efficiency : 44.58 to 68.33%
    • Industry : Cellular / Wireless Infrastructure
    • Return Loss : -10 to -5 dB
    • Mounting : Surface Mount, PCB Mount
    • Impedance : 50 Ohms
    • Dimension : 42 x 10 x 3 mm
    • Weight : 2.50 g
    • Operating Temperature : -40 to 85 Degree C
    • Storage Temperature : -40 to 85 Degree C
    • RoHS : Yes
Two Monopole Antenna

Two Monopole Antenna for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Courtesy of Taoglas

The Taoglas WCM.02 2.4GHz antenna is a compact, low-profile two monopole external antenna for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A unique PIFA design provides omnidirectional gain across 2.4GHz to 2.5GHz, ensuring constant reception and transmission for 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth applications.

Typical Applications:
– Application points
– Routers
– IoT M2M devices
– Smart Home applications
– UAV/ Drone Applications

Many module manufacturers specify peak gain limits for any antennas that are to be connected to that module. Those peak gain limits are based on freespace conditions. In practice, the peak gain of an antenna tested in freespace can degrade by at least 1 or 2 dBi when put inside a device. So ideally you should go for a slightly higher peak gain antenna than mentioned on the module specification to compensate for this effect, giving you better performance.

Upon testing of any of our antennas with your device and a selection of appropriate layout, integration technique, or cable, Taoglas can make sure any of our antennas’ peak gain will be below the peak gain limits. Taoglas can then issue a specification and/or report for the selected antenna in your device that will clearly show it complying with the peak gain limits, so you can be assured you are meeting regulatory requirements for that module.

For example, a module manufacturer may state that the antenna must have less than 2 dBi peak gain, but you don’t need to select an embedded antenna that has a peak gain of less than 2 dBi in freespace. This will give you a less optimized solution. It is better to go for a slightly higher freespace peak gain of 3 dBi or more if available. Once that antenna gets integrated into your device, performance will degrade below this 2 dBi peak gain due to the effects of GND plane, surrounding components, and device housing. If you want to be absolutely sure, contact Taoglas and we will test. Choosing a Taoglas antenna with a higher peak gain than what is specified by the module manufacturer and enlisting our help will ensure you are getting the best performance possible without exceeding the peak gain limits.

This antenna comes with an SMA(M) connector for compatibility with most Wi-Fi applications and routers in the market and an IP67 water resistant housing.

WCM.02.005D111 – 2.4GHz Two Monopole Antenna with SS402 Cable and SMA(M) Connector with Hybrid Coupler

  • 2.4GHz Two Monopole Antenna
  • Connector Mount
  • Dimension: 70.2×70.2×16.7mm
  • IP67
  • Cable: Coaxial 50mm SS402
  • Connector: SMA(M)
  • RoHS compliant
Taoglas-Barracuda

IoT Antenna for Metering, Industrial, and Environmental Monitoring

Courtesy of Taoglas : IoT Antenna for Metering, Industrial, and Environmental Monitoring

Barracuda OMB.433.B03F21 433MHz 3dBi Omnidirectional Outdoor Antenna

  • Barracuda – 433MHz 3dBi Omnidirectional Outdoor Antenna
  • N Type Female
  • Fixed bracket included
  • 523mm length
  • IP65 waterproof

The OMB.433.B03F21 IoT antenna for metering, industrial, and environmental monitoring operates in the 433 MHz ISM band. The fiberglass Omni-directional outdoor antenna is also designed for remote asset monitoring, and mesh network applications. The OMB.433 operates at 433MHz, one of the most widely used license-free ISM bands, with a 3dBi peak gain. The omnidirectional antenna radiates uniformly in the azimuth.

This collinear design characteristic provides the best performance, giving optimized coverage and therefore longer range in the horizontal plane over 360 degrees, thus minimizing the number of nodes needed for a mesh network. The UV resistant fiberglass housing enables the OMB antenna to be utilized in all kinds of harsh environments, making it more robust and safer than traditional whip antennas. It can be connected directly to the access point or telemetry unit or can be mounted on wall or device surface via the N-type connector. Another larger model, the OMB.433.B06F21 with 6dBi peak gain, also working in the 433MHz ISM band, is also available. Gain and connector customizable, subject to MOQ.

Taoglas Anam PA.26A

The smallest high-efficiency worldwide LTE antenna

Courtesy of Taoglas : Anam PA.26A 35*5*6mm Wideband LTE/Cellular/CDMA SMT Antenna

Anam 2G/3G/4G LTE Cellular SMD antenna
LTE/GSM/CDMA/DCS/PCS/WCDMA/UMTS/HSDPA/GPRS/EDGE/IMT
High Efficiency Wide-Band Antenna
Patent Pending
Surface Mount Device
Dims: 35*5*6mm

The PA.26A is an SMT LTE 4G antenna designed for direct SMT mount on the device PCB. It provides the highest efficiency in the smallest form SMT form factor, 35*5*6mm.

For any LTE application that requires an embedded antenna, the Taoglas PA26A Anam is a popular choice. It is a compact high-efficiency surface mount on board ceramic antenna. It covers all LTE bands globally and every category and is an excellent choice for anyone who requires best in class antenna performance in a small form factor. The antenna is already successful in many IoT applications particularly transportation, metering and medical device applications. This is down to its robustness, ultimate performance and easy surface mount application.

Due to its rectangular shape and compact size the PA.26A is very easy to integrate and can be mounted directly on the edge of the PCB. Matching is accomplished using a pi network. Using SMT (on-board) antennas saves on labor, cable, and connector costs. SMT antennas also lead to higher integration yield rates, higher transmit power and higher sensitivity.

The PA.26A operates at all common 4G/3G/2G LTE bands; 698MHz to 960MHz, 1710MHz to 2700MHz.

Typical applications:
– Telematics Control Unit (TCU)
– HD Video over LTE
– First Responder and Emergency Services
– Intelligent Transport Systems
– Internet of Things (IoT)
– High Definition Video Broadcast Systems
– Wireless LTE M2M Devices
– Medical Devices

The antenna dimensions and footprint are exactly the same as the PA.25A, providing customers with a drop-in conversion from 2G/3G to 4G systems. Care should be taken to follow layout instructions and place antenna on the edge of the board with adequate clearance to metal. Also, minimum ground-plane requirements must be met to achieve targeted efficiencies.

Pantheon antennas

Case Study: Pantheon antennas keep Sparks Police Department reliably connected

Pantheon on Sparks police carCourtesy of Taoglas

Information is a key commodity for police officers out on the job in their vehicles. Efficient GPS and cellular communications for in-vehicle computers that officers constantly utilize are critical tools of the trade for any police department. These systems deliver access to databases that help police more effectively keep their communities and themselves safe. However the police department in Sparks, Nevada – a city of more than 90,000 on the western side of the state – was plagued with connectivity problems in which police vehicles at times had no database access.

“We were using wireless cards and reception was pretty much garbage,” recalls Matt Dryden, I.T. Support Specialist of the Sparks Police Department. “We were experiencing dead zones throughout the city and disconnects were rampant.”

This situation, while vexing, wasn’t unheard of when it comes to wireless connectivity for fleets of vehicles, be they trucks, buses, cabs or other automotive devices. Delivering high-performance connection on a moving target is not as easy as networking a stationary resource like a building, often requiring best-in-class antennas both inside and outside vehicles to support various types of links with high speed and reliability.

Multiple antennas not acceptable

Applications like public safety with multiple radios translate to several antennas, and in the case of, cellular or Wi-Fi, there’s often a need for 2×2 MIMO solutions resulting in four antennas. GPS or GNSS is usually required, which means that antennas need to be mounted on top of a vehicle for a good field of view to achieve the best performance. MIMO antennas add to the challenge in that they demand a physical separation between the 2 antenna elements. There, needs to be at least 120mm between each antenna for efficient functioning. Also the public safety and PMR (Private Mobile Radio) antennas need to go somewhere too. There isn’t such space available on a typical police car.

Knowing they had challenges, Dryden’s department went in a new technology direction highlighted by the Taoglas Pantheon MA.750, five-in-one antenna, an high performance, robust, heavy-duty, external M2M antenna for use in telematics, transportation and remote monitoring applications in which there can be no performance compromises whatsoever.

Part of a Feeney Wireless CIRA X2 solution, the Pantheon antenna has reinvented connectivity for the Sparks Police Department. “When we changed to trunk-mounted modems with the Pantheon, it was a night and day difference,” explains Dryden. After running tests comparing visual maps and other elements between the old and Pantheon-enabled communications, “Within the city now, we have probably 99.9% coverage,” he says, with the only area missing being one behind a hill that never gets coverage.

Remarkably compact

The Pantheon antenna has been a game changer for Sparks police, combining five high-efficiency, high performance antennas in a robust, direct-mount package. It supports GPS/GLONASS, 2 x 2 MIMO Wi-Fi with 2×2 LTE MIMO. According to Karrie Rockwell, VP of Sales, Central Region, from Taoglas’, “We engineered this product to meet the fast-growing need for outstanding performance while being small, affordable and extremely robust.”

The Pantheon is ground plane independent, meaning it can radiate well on any mounting environment such as metal or plastic, without any impact on performance. Even though it packs significant amounts of functionality in a single package, it is able to maintain 20dB isolation between antennas and uses high-shielded PTFE dielectric ultra-low-loss cables that maintain low attenuation at all frequency bands and high noise rejection.

No weather issues, no leaks

Installed in 50 Sparks police vehicles — either on top of, or in the trunk — the Pantheon has proven to be extremely rugged, says Dryden. “I was kind of worried about how it would handle weather extremes because we get pretty varied temperatures. We were just over a hundred degrees last week and we can get down to negative 10 with snow, ice and everything in between,” he relates.
As for the Pantheon, “It’s proven to hold up to all that very well,” Dryden reports. It’s also unobtrusive, he explains. “It’s not one of those whip or fin antennas, where they stick up and can be vandalized. It’s a smooth, dome shaped antenna that can’t break off or be damaged.”

The antenna is compact “we are able to put it close to the light bar when it’s on top of the vehicle and you hardly even notice it there. It does look very clean, as well,” he notes. Another benefit is the Pantheon’s special adhesive waterproof layer, which avoids the common problem of leakage for roof-mounted antennas that require drilling holes for installation and also comes with an optional magnetic mount base if drilling holes is not an option.

Limited real estate

Dryden explains that one of the aspects of the Pantheon that his department particularly appreciates is compactness. “All five antennas are contained in one unit. If we needed to use individual antennas, the roof would be scattered with antennas,” he says.

In actuality, “there’s not enough real estate on the roof” for five antennas, Dryden notes. “Normally, you’d need two feet between antennas, which means five antennas with two feet in between all of them. The roof’s not big enough. Taoglas’ Pantheon allows us to accomplish communications we wouldn’t be able to accomplish otherwise.”

The Pantheon might officially be an external antenna, but it is proving quite effective in internal configurations, reports Dryden. In one case, the antenna was installed in an undercover vehicle “so we can’t have light bars and antennas all over the top,” he says. “We put it on the fender inside the back trunk area, and it’s been working inside the vehicle very well.”

Future proofed

Public agencies like police departments can’t assume lavish funding will be available so another differentiator for the Pantheon, says Dryden, is “the ability to upgrade in the future.” One near-term change will be utilizing the antenna’s Wi-Fi capabilities, adding to the current GPS and cellular functionality that is being used.

Wi-Fi connectivity is required for the laptops, tablets and proprietary hand-held devices used for writing tickets that Sparks patrol officers will be adding to their connected-equipment repertoire. “We want to be able to take a laptop into a person’s home to fill out a police report in the safety of the home versus out on the street, where people are exposed to the public and somewhat vulnerable,” relates Dryden.

Having done some testing of this new capability, Dryden is impressed. “We’ll be implementing (Wi-Fi) soon. The Pantheon is great. It works inside the vehicle. It works outside the vehicle,” he enthuses.

Demand in transportation sector exploding

The need for reliable networking among Sparks police officers reflects broader demand for 24/7 connectivity on the move by consumers and workers. In other industries, ”employees in company-provided vans expect to do email while on the road. Bus passengers want to use entertainment apps on their devices while on board. Trucking companies need real-time communications with their drivers. These are some of the more obvious places where there’s a need for more advanced antenna technology to enable all kinds of communication,” explains Rockwell from Taoglas.

“There are many antennas out there, but not all are created equal,” she notes. Issues with size, reliability and performance can limit achieving the multi-channel communications objectives that are becoming so commonplace.

“We’re known for pushing the envelope of antenna technology, particularly as M2M and IoT applications keep expanding,” says Rockwell. “The Pantheon is just one of many Taoglas antenna products that were designed to take communications to a new level, whether it’s a police officer in Nevada getting better data access or a vehicle or asset in the most remote parts of the globe achieving connectivity where cellular linkage is not available.”

The Pantheon is being used all over the world in various applications to support new and emerging functions.

Taoglas Torpedo QHA.01 External GNSS Antenna

Courtesy of Taoglas : Torpedo QHA.01 External GNSS Antenna

Torpedo -QHA.01.A.108111 Screwmount 1m RG-174 SMA(M) GNSS/L-band Satellite

GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/BeiDou
Permanent Mount
Passive for Transmitters & Receivers
IP67 Waterproof
Dims: Ø: 92.5mm, H:120mm
Cable: 1m RG-174 – Customizable
Output Connector: SMA(M) – Customizable

The QHA.01 L-band quadrifilar helix antenna is a high-performance passive L-band antenna for demanding transceiver applications. The wide gain and axial ratio beamwidth provide excellent reception and signal fidelity across the sky. The QHA.01 is ready for outdoor industrial and commercial usage with full -40 to +85°C temperature rating and IP67 ingress protection.

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GGBTP.35.3.A.40 Antenna by Taoglas

GGBTP.35.3.A.40 Antenna by Taoglas

Courtesy of everything RF : GGBTP.35.3.A.40 Antenna by Taoglas

The Terrablast GGBTP.35.3.A.40 from Taoglas is a GPS (GNSS L1) plastic patch antenna. This patch antenna is 30 percent lighter than their ceramic counterparts and extremely resistant to fracture upon impact. It provides a gain of up to 4.33 dBi with an efficiency of over 69.81%. The plastic patch is mounted via pin and double-sided adhesive. The antenna measures 35 x 35 x 3.5 mm and is ideal for Drones and Automotive e-call system applications. All Terrablast antennas undergo rigorous temperature, vibration and impact tests and exceed the highest ISO16750 standards for Road Vehicles – Environmental Conditions and Electrical testing for Electrical and Electronic equipment.

Product Details

    • Part Number : GGBTP.35.3.A.40
    • Manufacturer : Taoglas
    • Description : Lightweight GNSS Plastic Patch Antenna for Drones and Automotive Applications

General Parameters

    • Type : Patch, Low Profile
    • Directionality : Omni-Directional
    • Polarization : RHCP
    • Frequency : 1561 MHz, 1575.42 MHz, 1602 MHz
    • Gain : 4.03 to 4.33 dBi (Peak)
    • Efficiency : 69.81 to 72.58 %
    • Industry : Automotive, GNSS
    • Return Loss : 10 dB
    • Mounting : Adhesive Mount
    • Impedance : 50 Ohms
    • Multi Band : Yes
    • Dimension : 35 x 35 x 3.5 mm
    • Weight : 9.7 g
    • Operating Temperature : -40 to 85 Degree C
    • Storage Temperature : -40 to 85 degree C