Antenna Firm Introduces First Wi-Fi 6E MIMO System

The Dutch Antenna Company, which specializes in the design of high-performance embedded antennas, unveiled a new Wi-Fi 6E MIMO antenna system on November 12th that increases network capacity, extends range and reduces latency in IoT networks for businesses and industry should be reduced.

The antenna system enables simultaneous operation in the frequency bands 2.4, 5 and 6 GHz, which leads to an additional spectrum of 1.2 GHz and a more than two-fold increase in the available channels.

The Antenna Company’s design is optimized for direct integration into wireless access points and supports a total of 15 antennas, including dedicated 4 × 4 5 GHz + 4 × 4 6 GHz + 4 × 4 2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi antennas. For simultaneous operation in the 5 GHz band, a paired Wi-Fi antenna isolation of more than 45 dB is achieved.

An additional 0.9 / 2.4 GHz IoT antenna is included to enable IoT use cases, as well as tri-band 2.4 / 5/6 GHz antennas for radio spectrum management. The entire antenna system is mounted on a metal back plate to enable mechanical, thermal and RF integration with the access point.

The design also has a UWB (Ultra-Wide Band) option that enables RTLS (Real-Time Location System) services such as access control, indoor navigation, asset tracking and contact tracking to be activated. The UWB antennas support channels 5 and 9 for worldwide frequency coverage. To avoid coupling and detuning between antennas, an isolation of more than 30 dB is achieved between the UWB and the Wi-Fi antenna.

The new Wi-Fi 6E + UWB antenna system also offers the following, according to the company:

  • compact design that allows enterprise access points to be reduced in size by 20% or more without compromising antenna system performance;
  • low input impedance, which is essential to achieve peak data rates for 80/160 MHz channels;
  • Uniform radio coverage to avoid zeros and blind spots.

“Wi-Fi 6E enables the capacity, speed, and latency required to support the network usage shift for enterprise and industrial IoT markets. The addition of UWB gives our customers a scalable platform to offer new RTLS services, ”CEO David Favreau told eWEEK.

“The introduction of high-performance WiFi 6E antenna systems is an important technology that can take full advantage of the unlicensed spectrum between 5.925 and 7.125 GHz,” said Mark Hung, VP Technology and Engineering, Wi-Fi Alliance.

For more information, email the company below [email protected].

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