Fractus TVNextTM VHF antenna enables next generation of mobile TV devices

New VHF antenna brings mass market for mobile TV a step closer

Barcelona, (PresseBox) - Fractus, the pioneer developer of fractal antenna technology, has launched TVNext, a slim and compact internal VHF antenna (20 x 10 x 1.6mm) that can easily be integrated into wireless devices, such as mobile phones, PDAs, laptops, etc. The new antenna also completes Fractus' digital TV antenna portfolio, which now encompasses all mobile TV systems and frequency bands.

"A mass market for mobile TV depends greatly on the availability of slim, fashionable devices. With its reduced size and cost, TVNext will open the doors for the next generation of portable TV devices," said Alfonso Sanz, Fractus product manager, Products & Services Division.

VHF operates in a low frequency band (200MHz); therefore a traditional antenna design approach requires an antenna that is more than two times as long as most mobile TV devices. That means the handset requires a large retractable antenna, making antenna integration more complex and costly. Additionally, a retractable antenna poses severe limitations to handset's design.

Using its patented fractal antenna technologies, Fractus has designed an internal VHF antenna that offers reduced size, simple integration into a device and an excellent level of performance in terms of gain and efficiency. By resolving key mobile TV antenna integration and cost challenges, TVNext enables device manufacturers to design low-cost and highly-efficient portable TV devices, accelerating the mass market for Mobile TV.

TVNext completes the Fractus portfolio for digital TV applications, which now includes antenna solutions for all frequency bands, including VHF, UHF and L-band; and for all mobile TV systems being deployed around the world, such as DVB-H, mediaFLO and ISDB-T. Fractus was the first antenna manufacturer to launch a suite of DVB-H internal antennas, enabling the world's smallest mobile TV handset with an internal antenna - Sagem's myMobileTV handset.

By using low cost surface-mounted technology (SMT), TVNext eliminates the need for new manufacturing processes or materials. The VHF antenna is 50 ohm terminated, linear polarized and omnidirectional - as well as RoHS compliant.

Samples and demo boards are available upon requFractus, the pioneer developer of fractal antenna technology, has launched TVNext, a slim and compact internal VHF antenna (20 x 10 x 1.6mm) that can easily be integrated into wireless devices, such as mobile phones, PDAs, laptops, etc. The new antenna also completes Fractus' digital TV antenna portfolio, which now encompasses all mobile TV systems and frequency bands.

"A mass market for mobile TV depends greatly on the availability of slim, fashionable devices. With its reduced size and cost, TVNext will open the doors for the next generation of portable TV devices," said Alfonso Sanz, Fractus product manager, Products & Services Division.

VHF operates in a low frequency band (200MHz); therefore a traditional antenna design approach requires an antenna that is more than two times as long as most mobile TV devices. That means the handset requires a large retractable antenna, making antenna integration more complex and costly. Additionally, a retractable antenna poses severe limitations to handset's design.

Using its patented fractal antenna technologies, Fractus has designed an internal VHF antenna that offers reduced size, simple integration into a device and an excellent level of performance in terms of gain and efficiency. By resolving key mobile TV antenna integration and cost challenges, TVNext enables device manufacturers to design low-cost and highly-efficient portable TV devices, accelerating the mass market for Mobile TV.

TVNext completes the Fractus portfolio for digital TV applications, which now includes antenna solutions for all frequency bands, including VHF, UHF and L-band; and for all mobile TV systems being deployed around the world, such as DVB-H, mediaFLO and ISDB-T. Fractus was the first antenna manufacturer to launch a suite of DVB-H internal antennas, enabling the world's smallest mobile TV handset with an internal antenna - Sagem's myMobileTV handset.

By using low cost surface-mounted technology (SMT), TVNext eliminates the need for new manufacturing processes or materials. The VHF antenna is 50 ohm terminated, linear polarized and omnidirectional - as well as RoHS compliant.

Fractus Headquarters

Fractus designs and manufactures miniature and multi-band antennas for wireless applications that are easy to integrate, cost-effective and provide high performance. Using the unique space-filling and multi-level properties of fractals, Fractus antennas are used in mobile phones, wireless consumer electronics using Bluetooth®, WLAN and UWB, and base stations. Fractus holds an IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) portfolio of 50 inventions protected through 140 patents and patent applications. Its technology is applied globally in Samsung, Sagem, ST Microelectronics, Atheros Communications, CSR and NXP Semiconductors devices. For more information please visit www.fractus.com.

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