This session will address the challenges of designing wireless devices using embedded antennas on very small PCBs for mobile handheld and wearable devices and the implications of 5G for such designs. These small devices are typically used in tracking and wearable electronics, where the market is asking for ever smaller devices.
Devices can be miniaturized to a certain extent, but then the laws of physics begin to constrain further reduction in size because antenna performance relies upon a ground plane of a certain size.
In small devices, the antenna must operate with a small ground plane and cannot use too much power. This already presents a challenge for the product designers, and it will become more challenging as networks evolve to 5G which uses lower frequencies (especially in the US). However it is critical for an antenna to perform correctly or the authorities may not grant network approval and the design will never reach the market.
This presentation will discuss how the design of embedded antennas is evolving to support 5G and how the antenna should be integrated into an end product design to achieve the necessary performance on 5G networks.