Customised solutions and project support
We have the experience to support both established and emerging markets, matching our comprehensive product range to the continually evolving needs of the RF segment. Our RF development teams draw on more than 25 years’ experience in supporting customised RF solutions for a diverse range of applications, from consumer tracking to high-performance military radar solutions.
Our IoT and Wireless Communications Technology Centre provides you with consultancy, turnkey design, and manufacturing to assist successful design of wireless solutions, and is home to a multi-discipline design team, covering RF, hardware and software.
Find out more about our end-to-end project support and system design here.
Discover our range of technologies
With support from some of the strongest technology innovators and brands in the world, we help bring to market one of the strongest amplifier capabilities in the market.
- Cellular PA
- Wireless infrastructure & small cell
- Wi-Fi Connectivity
- Low Noise Amplifiers LNA
- Smart Energy – Connected home solutions
- Gain Blocks (General Purpose)
Our specialist team of radio frequency technology experts carries with them extensive knowledge and a long history supporting RF amplifier solutions, from low power LNA right up to >100W solutions and everything in between. Delivering performance, value and quality alongside best-in-class technical support.
Contact us to learn more of our offering and roadmaps or feel free to talk through any specific requirements or target specifications and leave it to us to come back with options that fit your design and end application
Wireless applications often require highly reliable, low-power, frequency solutions in small form factors. We offer a leading range of leading-edge timing solutions from global leading suppliers – including, ACT, Taitien and Tai-Saw
This range covers:
- High temperature and harsh environment crystals and oscillators
- Small form factor
- Compact SMD OCXO
Ideal for demanding applications, these ultra-small, ultra-low-power, surface-mount quartz crystal oscillators can be optimised for industrial applications and the special requirements of the automotive industry (AEC-Q200) and operate across an extended temperature range from -40 to 125°C.
Reducing radio frequency inference has enabled multiple wireless technologies to co-exist within a few millimetres of one another, therefore antenna efficiency, RF isolation and antenna selectivity are all critical considerations.
In many data-gathering and wearable IoT applications, compact designs mandate the use of an on-board antenna. These antennas can be chip, patch or PIFA antennas, or embedded into the PCB itself.
Many factors affect the performance of these types of antenna including ground planes, position of other components, orientation of the unit, materials used in the outer casing, and proximity to the outer casing.
We offer a wide range of antennas specifically developed for every wireless technology standard.
- Cellular (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G)
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- ISM bands including LoRaWAN™, SIGFOX and Zigbee
- GNSS (including BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS and GPS)
- NB-IoT – LTE CAT-M1/NB1
- Custom designs for non-standard frequencies
We can also support you with your designs
A poorly optimised or tuned antenna will have an adverse effect on the wireless range and power consumption of your design.
Access the latest RF antenna modelling tools, to help you determine the optimum antenna for your system and with our own in-house IoT and Wireless Communications Technology Centre, we can also design, specify and manage the production of custom solutions from ProAnt, to meet exact requirements.
Match, tune and measure antenna performance to get the best possible results and refine in an anechoic chamber, whether it features a standard, modified or fully customised solution and receive a full report on the matching circuits used, the performance and the radiation pattern of an individual product.
We offer a wide range of filters from some of the world’s leading manufacturers – including Tai-Saw, Johanson Technology and Sangshin – from surface mount through to custom mono-block - ensuring your signals are reliable, clean and precise, and noise is reduced to a minimum.
Including band pass, high pass, low pass, SAW filters and duplexers for all types of IoT applications. These compact solutions are developed with easy RF design integration in mind to provide low-insertion and high-attenuation levels without compromising performance or cost.
Covering more than 700 designs for narrow and ultrawide bandwidths, frequency ranges from 500MHz to more than 6GHz. These solutions are available with extremely short sample and production lead times, are competitively priced and can be fully customised to meet you exact RF product requirements. AEC-Q200 automotive qualification is also available across many of our solutions.
Filter design service
We also offer a radio frequency filter design service through our Fibre Optics Technology Centre so you can delegate the form, fit and functional design responsibility to our experienced engineers allowing you to get on with the rest of your project. Design to your requirements with:
- In-house design experts
- Shorter development cycles – first article samples are typically available within a 4-6 week lead time.
- Wide range of packaging – ensuring the most cost-effective filter design for the end environment.
- Lower total cost of ownership – your custom filter solution is supplied complete, tested, certified and ready to install in your system, reducing assembly time and stock-control problems.
- Reliability – all designs are manufactured in facilities accredited with ISO9001and fully tested to pre-agreed parameters, giving you complete confidence.
Offering a very strong, proven power transistor capability for radar, defence and satellite applications.
We support a comprehensive range of GaAs and GaN power transistors that are field proven into the most rugged applications. Our technical sales team has over 25 years’ experience supporting the complex design in of high-power discreet transistor solutions across a very wide range of applications, frequency bands and applications.
Known for bringing some of the first GaN power devices into the market, this is a technology area where we are very comfortable.
Whether you require GaAs, GaN, both, or just need advice on which technology best fits your specific need please contact us.
Front-end modules (FEMs)
Combining industry leading Power Amplifiers (Pas), Low-Noise Amplifiers (LNAs) and switch functions into a single, laminate-based, multi-chip module.
Manufactured using their proprietary heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) power amplifier process and low-loss pseudomorphic high-electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) switch technologies, these FEMs will deliver superior performance to multiple applications, including automotive, smart home, industrial, M2M, medical, smart energy and wearables.
A single front-end module can efficiently increase the total performance of your wireless design, enabling you to reduce power consumption, increase efficiency or further the range of your design – from major chip manufacturers with a range of integrated FEMs to help you get the most from your design.
Key benefits of using a front-end module:
- Longer battery life
- High-linearity TX/RX switches
- Increased Rx sensitivity
- Increased range and stronger signals
- Improved consistency / reliability
- Available for all wireless standards
Enhance your wireless standards with a single easy-to-integrate, cost-effective, compact component by boosting the performance of your chosen SoC for a better user experience.
Shielding and thermal solutions
All wireless solutions use radio frequencies to communicate and transfer data and these frequencies interfere and impede the performance of other components within a design. Similarly, other components generate heat or interference, impacting the overall performance.
Shielding is typically applied to enclosures to isolate electrical devices from their surroundings, and to cables to isolate wires from the environment.
We cover an extensive choice of standard components through to high-quality products for electromagnetic shielding and heat dissipation from leading manufacturers.
Whether you are looking to manage heat within your design at the initial concept stage, or need to stop unwanted frequencies entering your design before entering production, we can offer solutions for any size or scale of project.
Protections covered for your design:
- Fabric-over-foam gaskets
- Board-level shields
- Conductive foams
- Elastomers and tapes
- SMD contacts
- Shielding clips
- Custom solutions
- Thermal conduction solutions
- Metal contact strips for chassis shielding
We partner with the largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world. Over the last two decades their solutions have empowered entirely new market segments, enabling designers and manufacturers to bring breakthrough products to market.
Their RF solutions are found on a global scale in thousands of volume products, including smart-home, automotive, wearables and industrial devices.
We offer a broad portfolio of RF switches for IoT designs, with every option delivering the must-have attributes of any component in a demanding application – value, reliability, and performance – three areas at which our switch solutions really excel.
Our comprehensive range covers every type of switch you might need, from simple SPST to multi-port SP16T. Standard options are readily available to sample or ship from stock with rapid delivery.
- Standard and custom designs
- SPDT, SP2T, SP3T, SP4T, DPDT and up to SP16T
- Low insertions loss
- High power options
- High isolation
- High linearity and low distortion
- Broad frequency range – 20MHz to 8GHz
- Low bias and control-logic voltage
- Low-current operation
All SOI (Silicon on Insulator), GaAs (Gallium Arsenide), pHEMT (pseudomorphic high-electron mobility transistor) and PIN diode-based switches are broadband by design and can be used throughout IoT applications.
Our IoT and Wireless Technology Centre will advance your ability to deliver innovative technology solutions for complex applications – from sensors to the cloud.
Creating custom solutions and navigating adding challenging connectivity to an application requires specialist expertise and capabilities. Our team of hardware design and software application engineers have extensive experience, ensuring we can bring your concept to life.
Covering proof of concept and feasibility studies for development, through to working prototype realisation and initial production management, our team delivers you complete project support.
When it comes to developing custom solutions for tomorrow's technologies, we trust our approach to deliver the best possible outcome.
Our engineers will skilfully guide you through each stage of your project, working with you to understand and identify a solution that meets your technical and commercial needs before designing and integrating your solution.
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Our solutions and expertise are centred around six key markets
Over the years we have built up considerable knowledge and knowhow, providing tailored solutions for our customers.
- Industrial and Connectivity
- Renewable energy
- Aerospace and Defence
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