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

Bluetooth Low Energy wearable uses sensors to monitor heart rate, sleep, and activity data including steps, distance, calories, and duration

Courtesy of Nordic Semiconductor : Bluetooth Low Energy wearable uses sensors to monitor heart rate, sleep, and activity data including steps, distance, calories, and duration

Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth LE SoC supports wireless connectivity between Shenzhen DO Intelligent Technology’s ‘ID115plus Color HR’ wristband and user’s smartphone

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Shenzhen DO Intelligent Technology (DO), a Shenzhen, China-based smart wearables company, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the wireless connectivity and meet the processing demands of its ‘ID115plus Color HR’ wristband.

The wristband integrates a Nordic SoC-supervised accelerometer and heart rate sensor to track and record the user’s health and exercise data. It functions as a 24-hour dynamic heart rate monitor, sleep monitor, and activity tracker for steps taken, distance covered, calories burned, and activity duration. In addition, the wearable can provide weather forecasts, sedentary alerts, a smart alarm, and message notifications for up to 16 applications including calendar, email, SMS, Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat, and Skype.

Using the Bluetooth LE wireless connectivity provided by the Nordic SoC, exercise data is synced to the user’s Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone or tablet, where the information can be reviewed via DO’s iOS- and Android-compatible app, Veryfit Pro. From the app, users can also configure the wristband’s various settings and functions.

Weighing a lightweight 24.8g, the wristband comes in a 240 by 19.2 by 12mm form factor and features a TFT LCD color display and IP68 water resistance. Supported by the ultra low power consumption of the Nordic SoC, the device’s Li-ion battery provides between seven and ten days of continuous operation.

Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC is a powerful multiprotocol SoC ideally suited for Bluetooth LE and 2.4GHz ultra low-power wireless applications. The nRF52832 combines an 64MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex™ M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) featuring -96dB RX sensitivity, with 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM.

The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certifed RF software protocol stack for building advanced Bluetooth LE applications. The S132 SoftDevice features Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster and Observer Bluetooth LE roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation.

“We selected the Nordic SoC for its CPU capability, power consumption, and large memory capacity, as well as its multiprotocol support and the availability of software development kits,” says Lucy Ma, Overseas Sales Director at DO.

“We were also impressed with Nordic’s technical information and fast response to development queries.”

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Access Control System Based on LTPS

Courtesy of Tibbo Systems : Access Control System Based on LTPS

Using the full-fledged AggreGate IoT Platform on microcomputers enables you to build very complex systems.

These hardware-software systems can operate locally even without access to the central controlling server.

Tibbo LTPS, being a modern microcomputer, is successfully applied for building a remote access control system (ACS).

Thanks to AggreGate, it’s possible to implement the most complicated logic, control, monitoring and data collection scenarios for access to premises and parking space. And thanks to Tibbo LTPS, Tibbits and Tibbo sensors, you can connect devices via almost any protocol.

Ask Tibbo Systems experts about using the solution in your projects: http://aggregate.tibbo.com/company/contacts.html.

Pasternack Debuts New Portable, 4-in-1 Calibration Kits with 26.5 GHz Calibration Capability

Courtsey of Pasternack : Pasternack Debuts New Portable, 4-in-1 Calibration Kits with 26.5 GHz Calibration Capability

New Lightweight, SOLT Calibration Kits Available for Immediate Shipment

IRVINE, Calif. – Pasternack, a leading provider of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has released a new line of 4-in-1 3.5mm calibration kits for test and measurement, field testing, antenna measurement and cable verification applications.

Pasternack’s new series of calibration kits consists of two models, both with a compact, lightweight, 4-in-1 design package. These short-open-load-through (SOLT) calibration kits have a 26.5 GHz calibration capability. They feature gold-plated 3.5mm connectors and a handy lanyard. Plus, they are available off-the-shelf and can be shipped immediately.

These SOLT calibration kits have an impedance level of 50 Ohms nominal. They also have a phase deviation of +/-2 degrees maximum and return loss of 30 dB minimum. They are ideal for telecommunications, military electronics, automotive, medical, aerospace and consumer electronics industries.

“We are excited to add these broadband kits to our growing line of test and measurement products. The 26.5 GHz calibration capability of these portable, lightweight packages will be a welcomed addition to our field test products,” said Dan Birch, Product Manager.

Pasternack’s new 4-in-1 calibration kits are in stock and ready for immediate shipment with no minimum order quantity. For detailed information on these products, please visit https://www.pasternack.com/pages/rf-microwave-and-millimeter-wave-products/4-in-1-calibration-26.5-ghz.html.

For inquiries, Pasternack can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

About Pasternack:

A leader in RF products since 1972, Pasternack is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer and supplier offering the industry’s largest selection of active and passive RF, microwave and millimeter wave products available for same-day shipping. Pasternack is an Infinite Electronics company.

Press Contact:
Peter McNeil
Pasternack
17792 Fitch
Irvine, CA 92614
(978) 682-6936 x1174

Kudelski Group and u-blox to collaborate on secure connectivity for consumer, automotive and industrial IoT

Courtesy of u-blox : Kudelski Group and u-blox to collaborate on secure connectivity for consumer, automotive and industrial IoT

CHESEAUX‑SUR‑LAUSANNE, Switzerland and THALWIL, Switzerland, May 22, 2018 – The Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), the world leader in digital security, and u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets, today announced the signing of an MOU to bring premium‑grade security to IoT devices.

Kudelski and u‑blox agreed to collaborate toward integrating the Kudelski IoT Security Suite into multiple u‑blox product lines, thereby providing field‑proven security technologies to empower businesses to sustainably secure their digital transformation, and optional services enabling further business growth.

“Digital transformation and IoT projects can only achieve their objectives if security is designed from the start, and a long‑term, security lifecycle management approach is taken,” said Jean‑Michel Puiatti, senior vice president of IoT at Kudelski “u‑blox has pioneered positioning, connectivity and short range communications solutions that underpin the connected Internet of Things. By establishing this relationship with them, we will work together to enable business owners to securely drive new business models, features, efficiency and data analytics.”

Integration of Kudelski technology into u‑blox modules will enable premium device protection and security lifecycle management including secure firmware over the air upgrades (FOTA), but also secure communications and application data protection.

“u‑blox provides premium products to its customers and security is no exception,” said Andreas Thiel, u‑blox Co‑Founder and Executive Director Cellular Product Center. “Combining our leading wireless communication technology with Kudelski IoT Security Suite provides our customers with the benefits of both companies’ expertise and experience in dealing with high‑volume, security‑sensitive environments. We consider security as fundamental to the success of our customers’ business and are delighted to have an experienced and proven security partner such as Kudelski when building our security services.”

The Kudelski IoT Security Suite is a comprehensive set of  solutions and services based on 30 years of Kudelski Group innovation in protecting digital TV content on more than 400 million devices, as well as its strong expertise in cybersecurity. It makes IoT security easy to embrace by providing secure control and protection of the key resources of any IoT solution: data, network, device, features, communications and applications. By leveraging state‑of‑the‑art security hardware designed by Swiss engineers and its unique heritage in both pay TV and cybersecurity, Kudelski Group is uniquely positioned to provide companies with design, implementation and long‑term security lifecycle management of their connected business models across a variety of industries.

Swiss born 20 years ago, u‑blox is now a global company well on the way to becoming the leading industry quality supplier of communications and positioning components and solutions for the Internet of Things. As the IoT takes hold across the automotive, industrial and customer markets, the importance of dependable connectivity and location‑awareness is at an all‑time high – and continuing to grow. u‑blox’s comprehensive portfolio of high quality chips and modules therefore help contributing to a more secure and sustainable connected world.

For more information about Kudelski Group IoT Solutions and Services, please visit https://iot.nagra.com.

About the Kudelski Group
The Kudelski Group (SIX: KUD.S) is a world leader in digital security and a provider of end‑to‑end convergent media solutions to the digital entertainment industry, including services and applications requiring access control and rights management to secure the revenue in digital television, internet, mobile and interactive applications. The Group also offers cybersecurity solutions and services focused on helping companies assess risks and vulnerabilities and protect their data and systems. It also supplies integrated solutions to manage access control of people and vehicles to sites and events. The Kudelski Group is headquartered in Cheseaux‑sur‑Lausanne, Switzerland and Phoenix (AZ), USA. For more information, please visit www.nagra.com

About u‑blox
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA. www.u‑blox.com

Media Contacts
Christopher Schouten
Kudelski Group – IoT Security
Head of Marketing
+41 79 560 43 75
christopher.schouten@nagra.com

Cédric Alber
Kudelski Group
Senior Manager Media Relations
+41 79 647 61 71
+1 (415) 962 5005
cedric.alber@nagra.com

Natacha Seitz
u‑blox
PR Manager
+41 76 436 07 88
natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

SYFER branded EMI Filters for Hi-Rel Applications from Knowles Precision Devices

Courtesy of Knowles Precision Devices

Manufacturers of electronic equipment for Hi-Rel applications often struggle to meet stringent EMC and safety standards. Knowles Precision Devices (KPD) has a range of EMI components, under the SYFER brand, that particularly appeal to designers in the medical implantable and space sectors as well as industrial, automotive, aerospace and telecom applications. The increasing use of SMD filters over conventional panel mounted filters has simplified assembly methods, reduced production costs and enabled smaller volumetric efficiencies to be gained giving a greater choice of options to the designer – particularly shorter lead-times for development samples. KPD continues to refine existing ranges, explore new ones and bring on board new materials, like lead free dielectrics.

For example, the SYFER E01 and E07 ranges of feed through MLCC ‘C’ filters now have extended working voltages from 25Vdc to 200Vdc, and in certain cases up to 500Vdc. This will significantly broaden the market for these devices. These surface mount EMI filter 3 terminal chip devices are designed to offer reduced inductance compared to conventional MLCC’s when used in signal line filtering. The filtered signal passes through the chip’s internal electrodes with the ‘noise’ filtered to the grounded side contacts, resulting in reduced length noise transmission paths. Available in C0G/NP0 & X7R dielectrics, in case sizes 0805 to 1812. Current ratings are 300mA to 3A with voltage ratings of 25Vdc to 200Vdc (500Vdc in some case sizes).

Particularly effective in replacing conventional array filters in medical implantable devices is the SYFER E03 (X2Y) range. Available in case sizes from 0805 to 2220 these are integrated passive devices featuring both common and differential mode capacitors in a single MLCC chip. C0G and X7R dielectric versions are both available options. X7R dielectric versions are available with KPD’s proven FlexiCap™ termination which is strongly recommended for new designs. Ideal for both signal and power lines, and ensuring impressive EMI filtering performance, is the SYFER SBSP range of surface mount pi-filters. With a size of only a 1206 chip they offer an unbeatable combination of size and performance. Ideal for telecoms, power supplies and industrial electronic equipment. The operating temperature range of -55°C to 125°C ensures they are also suitable for mil/aerospace applications. The use of X7R and C0G ceramic dielectrics sees capacitance values from 22pF to 150nF with a 1A current rating. They have working voltages up to 100Vdc. FlexiCap™ termination is used throughout the range and all versions are available with either tin or tin/lead finishes.

Ends
Note: Dielectric Laboratories (DLI), Novacap, Syfer Technology and Voltronics came together to form a single organisation, Knowles Precision Devices – they have now been joined by Johanson Manufacturing and Compex. This entity has a combined history exceeding 200 years and is a division of Knowles Corporation of USA, an independent publicly traded company.

Ultra Low-loss Power Inductors

These Ultra Low-loss Power Inductors are Ideal for High Switching Frequencies

Courtesy of Coilcraft : These Ultra Low-loss Power Inductors are Ideal for High Switching Frequencies

Coilcraft’s new XEL50xx Family of high-performance, molded power inductors offer exceptionally low DC resistance and ultra-low AC losses, greatly improving power converter efficiency at high switching frequencies (2 to 5+ MHz) and high ripple current. 

The XEL5020 Series is available in six inductance values from 0.10 to 1.0 µH, with current ratings up to 39 Amps. Learn more …

The XEL5030 Series has 10 values from 0.13 to 4.7 µH, with current ratings up to 44 Amps. Learn more …

Both series feature soft saturation characteristics to withstand high current spikes and have no thermal aging issues.

They are also qualified to AEC-Q200 Grade 1 standards (-40° to +125°C ambient) with a maximum part temperature of +165°C,
suitable for automotive and other harsh-environment applications.

Download datasheets and order Free Samples here!

Pasternack Surge Protectors

Pasternack Introduces a New Line of Coaxial RF Lightning Arresters & Surge Protectors

Courtesy of Pasternack : Pasternack Introduces a New Line of Coaxial RF Lightning Arresters & Surge Protectors

New Surge Protectors Available Off-The-Shelf with Type-N, 7/16 DIN and 4.3-10 Connectors
IRVINE, Calif. – Pasternack, a leading provider of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has just launched a new series of coaxial surge protectors that are designed to guard valuable communications equipment from power surges and indirect lightning strikes.

Pasternack’s 46 new coaxial lightning arresters and surge protectors are perfect for use in cellular base stations, public safety systems, Wi-Fi networks, active antenna systems and GPS system applications.

The new surge protectors are available with 7/16 DIN, Type-N and 4.3-10 connectors and feature VSWR as low as 1.1:1, max power as high as 2kW, multi-strike capability and low insertion loss. Additionally, these models support a frequency range of DC to 6 GHz and are CE and RoHS compliant. Most of these new surge protectors are IP67-rated for outdoor use and some models offer low-PIM performance. Furthermore, models are available with bracket mounting options and flexible bulkhead designs.

“Our new RF surge protectors are designed with proprietary surge technology that enables quick responses to lightning and power surges to protect critical hardware while maintaining high RF performance.  These new surge protectors offer a wide variety of performance capabilities supporting diverse application needs.  All 46 models are available off-the-shelf with same day shipping,” said Steven Pong, Product Manager at Pasternack.

Pasternack’s new coaxial lightning and surge protectors are in stock and ready for immediate shipment with no minimum order quantity.

For detailed information on these products, please visit https://www.pasternack.com/pages/RF-Microwave-and-Millimeter-Wave-Products/rf-surge-protectors.html. For inquiries, Pasternack can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

About Pasternack:

A leader in RF products since 1972, Pasternack is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer and supplier offering the industry’s largest selection of active and passive RF, microwave and millimeter wave products available for same-day shipping. Pasternack is an Infinite Electronics company.

Press Contact:

Peter McNeil
Pasternack
17792 Fitch
Irvine, CA 92614
(978) 682-6936 x1174

MMT SWISSCONNECT Smartwatch Platform

Bluetooth Low Energy smartwatch development platform simplifies connected smartwatch development and accelerates time-to-market

Courtesy of Nordic Semiconductor : Bluetooth Low Energy smartwatch development platform simplifies connected smartwatch development and accelerates time-to-market

Nordic’s nRF51822 Bluetooth LE SoC supports the ‘MMT SWISSCONNECT Smartwatch Platform’, offering a turnkey solution for the development of multifunctional smartwatches

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that MMT SWISSCONNECT, a Geneva, Switzerland-based innovative technology company, has integrated Nordic’s nRF51822 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) to support its ‘MMT SWISSCONNECT Smartwatch Platform’.

The Smartwatch Platform (SP) offers a turnkey solution for smartwatch manufacturers with limited RF design expertise to build connected smartwatches and accelerate time-to-market. It comprises the watch module and watch firmware, iOS and Android apps, Cloud management, manufacturing, and service applications.

SP brings the benefits of smartwatch technology to watch manufacturers that have limited or no wireless connectivity experience. The product makes it easy for watch manufacturers to incorporate features and functions such as always-on-time technology, activity tracking, sleep monitoring, active coaching, smart alarms, support for outdoor sensors (for example, compass, UV indicator, and temperature), activity/sleep display, Cloud backup and restore of user data.

The plaform also supports Bluetooth LE connectivity between smartwatch and apps hosted on Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphones or tablets. Through these SP companion apps, users are able to access their personal data and sensor information, as well as configure their watch features and Cloud account.

Nordic’s nRF51822 Bluetooth LE SoC is supplied in 6 x 6-mm 48-pin QFN package and 3.83 x 3.83mm ultracompact wafer-level chip-scale packages (WL-CSP) particularly suited to wearable devices.

Nordic’s nRF51822 is a powerful and flexible multiprotocol SoC ideally suited for Bluetooth LE and 2.4GHz ultra low-power wireless applications. The nRF51822 is built around a 32-bit ARM® Cortex™ M0 CPU, 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio, and 256kB/128kB Flash and 32kB/16kB RAM. The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S130 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 4.2 qualified concurrent multi-link protocol stack solution supporting simultaneous Central/Peripheral/Broadcaster/Observer role connections.

“The Nordic SoC offers the ideal wireless connectivity solution for our Smartwatch Platform by providing low power consumption, powerful CPU capabilities, an ultra compact package, and a software architecture that simplifies application code development,” says Philippe Fraboulet, CEO of MMT SWISSCONNECT. “In turn, that enables us to offer the only complete turnkey solution for connected smartwatches to prestigious brands such as Frederique Constant, Alpina, and others.

“As a company, Nordic has provided outstanding support, good application engineers, and fast response times throughout the prototyping and development process,” adds Fraboulet.

MMT is now porting its platform to Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC in order to improve power autonomy, processing power, and RF connectivity.

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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