A Single Antenna That Covers All 5 GHz WLANs

By Matthew Peretz

October 09, 2001

Covers all global transmission standards in the 5.1 - 5.9 GHz frequency band, including 802.11a

SkyCross, a developer of mobile and fixed wireless antenna technology, yesterday announced the release of its latest wireless local area network (WLAN) antenna. This new antenna provides coverage of the 5.1 to 5.9 GHz frequency band. This frequency band is where three of the world's primary transmission standards reside: IEEE 802.11a (International), ETSI HiperLAN2 (Europe), and MMAC HiSWANa (Japan).

SkyCross claims that this is the first antenna solution to provide coverage across the entire 5 GHz band, rather than current antennas that only function within a given frequency range. SkyCross' Meander Line Antenna is an embedded solution that operates across the entire 5 GHz band, serving all three global standards.

OEMs can use the SkyCross technology to create a single WLAN card for use in all three frequency bands. Until there is a single global transmission standard, if ever, the flexible solution increases mobility and decreases costs.

Key specs of the new antenna are:

  • Frequency Range: 5.1 - 5.9 GHz
  • Dimensions: 0.88 x 0.53 x 0.155-inches
  • Peak Gain: +2.2 dBi
  • Minimum Gain: +1.5 dBi over entire frequency range
  • Transmissions Standards Interoperability: IEEE 802.11a, ETSI HiperLAN2 & MMAC HiSWANa

The company did not provide pricing or OEM availability information.

Matthew Peretz is Managing Editor of 802.11-Planet.com

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