Molex Unveils Standardized Antennas

Molex has released a new standard
antenna for applications using the 2.4 GHz ISM (industrial, scientific and
medical) band and Wi-Fi.


The 2.4 GHz band antenna is the
first release in a series of Molex standard antennas designed for the
industrial, consumer, medical and automotive markets. Based on diverse
manufacturing and RF technologies, Molex standard antennas offer high
performance and ease of integration for demanding wireless applications.


Markets are trending
toward wireless applications. On the industrial side, global smart grid
deployments are leading in M2M (machine-to-machine) wireless communication,”
said said Mads Sager, RF research manager, Molex.


In consumer markets,
wireless Internet television and audio dominate. Many wireless devices are
better served with a standard antenna rather than a customized one. Molex
standard 2.4 GHz ISM antennas deliver superior performance for less cost and
risk-and shortened lead times for bringing wireless products to market,” Sager


The 2.4 GHz band antenna
is based on the market-leading Molex LDS (Laser Direct Structuring) technology.
Using a 3D laser system, LDS technology allows the transfer of the antenna from
CAD data directly onto a molded antenna carrier or even directly onto the
device structure.


LDS antennas surpass the
physical limits of conventional antennas and allow customers to achieve a
higher level of product integration with fewer components at a value-oriented price
point. Molex is the LDS antenna market leader with over 150 million shipped to


The 2.4 GHz ISM antenna is
fully compatible with surface mount device and reflow processes for smooth
product integration with customer processes. The overall size of 3.0mm width by
3.0mm length by 4.0mm height makes the 2.4 GHz ISM one of the smallest
on-ground antennas in its class. The antenna is suitable for smart meters and
other smart grid enabled appliances, consumer Wi-Fi electronics and other
applications running Bluetooth, ZigBee (IEEE 802.15.4) and WLAN (IEEE


By Team