Adding surface-mount components to antennas can save space on associated system boards.
Pulse Electronics Corp. has developed in-house capability to integrate passive surface-mount-technology (SMT) components on three-dimensional (3D) laser-direct-structuring (LDS) antennas. By using available space on the antenna for the SMT components, they need not be mounted on an electronic product’s printed-circuit board (PCB), saving real estate on that structure. Prior to assembling a portable electronic product, for example, the antenna can be matched and tested along with the SMT components as one assembly, with tuning and optimization performed quickly and cost-effectively. These RoHS-compliant antennas are produced with LDS technology, which uses a laser beam to transfer an antenna design directly to a molded 3D surface.