Pulse : GPS antenna is small size, surface-mount

Pulse, a Technitrol Company, introduces the W3011 surface mount ceramic GPS antenna, the world’s smallest GPS antenna and the highest-performing antenna in its size category. This antenna has the ideal size and efficiency requirements for use in mobile phones, navigation systems, small portable GPS receivers like PDAs and PNDs, and surveillance, timing, and other devices that need to access satellite GPS signals.

The size of the W3011 is only 3.2 (w) x 1.6 (l) x 1.1 (h) millimeters (mm), and it weighs just 0.033 grams, yet has an efficiency of 80% with an operating temperature of -40 to +85 degrees Celsius. Ground clearance area is 4 x 4.25mm. The antenna can handle frequencies of 1575.42 ±10 MHz. It has linear polarization and is immune to the detuning effect caused by a user’s hand or body. Return loss is a minimum of minus 12 decibels (dB) on band edges. The antennas have an impedance of 50 Ohms, unbalanced. Although small, the footprint is designed using standard SMD compatible mechanics in order to meet electrical and mechanical installation requirements.

”Pulse’s new ceramic antenna is smaller than any similar products on the market today,” said Kimmo Koskiniemi, R&D manager, Pulse Antenna Division. “For example, a standard patch antenna is 440 times bigger in volume (cubic mm) than the new Pulse antenna, but the Pulse antenna is 20% more efficient than the patch antenna. It really provides a solution for designers who want to incorporate GPS signal capability into their products, but have limited room for an antenna.”

The W3011 is the newest member of Pulse’s GPS chip antenna family. It is RoHS compliant and compatible with lead-free, surface mount processes. All products are field tested to ensure quality and reliability. The antenna is available in tape-and-reel format. Lead times for Pulse’s ceramic GPS antennas are six to eight weeks. Prices start at $0.44 per unit for quantities of 100,000. Individual part pricing may vary due to order configuration and shipping destination. Contact Pulse directly for engineering samples. Detailed specifications are available on data sheet W3011 at

About Pulse

Pulse, a Technitrol (NYSE: TNL) Company, is a worldwide leader in electronic component and subassembly design and manufacturing. Pulse’s wide array of power and signal products are used in computer networking as well as in communications, power conversion, defense, aerospace, automotive, acoustics, medical devices, and consumer electronics. With state-of-the-art custom designs and catalog products, Pulse is a complete source for electronic OEMs, contract manufacturers, and ODMs. Pulse is a participating member of IEEE, ATIS, ETSI, HDMI, the DSL Forum, CommNexus, and MoCA.

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Note: The above text is the public part of the press release obtained from the manufacturer (with minor modifications). EETimes Europe cannot be held responsible for the claims and statements made by the manufacturer. The text is intended as a supplement to the new product presentations in EETimes Europe magazine.

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