RF Antenna Design & Integration
High-quality RF antenna design & integration is essential in wireless connections to allow optimal data transfer. Complex devices and products may even require multiple RF antennas to make simultaneous connections – such as WiFi and Bluetooth Smart (BLE) – or to allow wireless charging. However complicated your antenna challenges, Philips Engineering Solutions can help you achieve great integration and performance in the most compact frameworks.
It is not easy pinpointing what antenna work best for any given product, especially as devices become smaller and more complex. You want a solution that not only ‘works’, but that will do so very well and reliably in all circumstances. To ensure this, you must consider various aspects such as…
- Of all antenna available, what type could I use best, and how can I optimally fit and position it in my particular type of product and casing?
- How can I integrate multiple antennas in a way that prevents them from interfering with each other, or other product components?
- How can I ensure my RF antenna design will perform within a range of production parameters, and meet all necessary regulations?
We can answer all these types of questions and determine the ideal solution for your needs – including an RF antenna design that is resistant to production variation. Our support extends through design specification, advice on in-product location, antenna prototyping, operational validation and regulatory compliance. This minimizes risk, speeds up development and ensures variation-resistant production and reliable performance.
Our RF antenna design & integration service process includes the following phases. Philips Engineering Solutions experts can also provide individual, one-off support at each one:
- Requirements analysis
Analyzing and defining the specific antenna requirements, taking into consideration factors such as application domain, product characteristics, geographical operation area, and both governmental and network operator application regulations.
- Antenna selection
Selecting the antenna type that matches the requirements best. We typically use standard design patterns. However, if needed we also create specifications for a dedicated design that can be adapted to meet specific challenges, including antennas that are resistant to production variations.
- Antenna optimization and verification
Optimization of the selected or designed antenna through modelling and simulation. Once these deliver satisfactory results, a prototype can be built that can be verified through measurement.
- Antenna integration and delivery
Outlining all details of antenna selection or design specification, including location advice and the parameters of the production variation that can be tolerated. Simulation performance and measurement results are included as well. A prototype of the antenna can also optionally be delivered.
Typically, we take an iterative approach in our RF antenna design and integration process. We optimize the antenna selection or design up to the point where the antenna complies with the customer’s specific requirements. Dedicated antenna designs may require multiple design cycles, but we are more commonly able to deliver ‘first-time right’ antennas based on standard design patters. Antenna performance is always rigorously tested by precise simulation or measurement.
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