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PCB Trace vs. Chip Antenna Design Considerations

Authored on: Jan 21, 2020

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The modern urban environment poses a challenge to high-speed designs involving Cellular, GNSS, WiFi/Bluetooth/BLE/ZigBee and LPWA protocols: Signal disruption necessitates highly efficient RF chains. Of all components in the chain, the antenna has the key role in establishing wireless connectivity. Abracon’s new application note provides answers to questions that design engineers commonly ask when selecting between chip and PCB trace antennas for a PCB design. The paper explores the cost versus benefit trade-offs to consider when selecting which antenna type to use for an application. Guidelines and associated challenges for both antenna types are discussed.

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