Maximizing Wireless Connectivity in M2M Devices
Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are only as reliable as the technologies behind them. That’s why the world’s biggest brands depend on Ethertronics for M2M antenna and RF system solutions that enable mission-critical communications under some of the toughest RF conditions.
Ethertronics provides manufacturers of M2M devices with the technologies and support necessary to develop innovative, high-performance solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Ethertronics' experienced RF engineers know how to design and integrate high performance antenna systems into compact spaces with less than ideal RF environments and pass PTCRB, SAR, TIS, TRP and other testing certifications. Our spacious, state of the art facility in San Diego offers significant testing capabilities including a Changwoo far field chamber, Satimo Starlab, Daisy 4 SAR/HAC system and more.
Innovative Active Antenna Systems Solutions Enable Maximum Performance and Reliability
Ethertronics’ EtherModule 1.0™ integrates Ethertronics’ innovative active antenna, RF systems and chip technology into a turnkey plug-and-play module to provide maximum performance and reliability for M2M and other wireless devices. EtherModule 1.0 combines Ethertronics’ advanced antenna architecture and EtherChip 1.0™ tunable capacitor on a printed circuit board for easy integration by wireless product designers. An industry first, EtherModule 1.0 has a typical dynamic range of 20dB to deliver maximum performance across a wide range of frequencies and use cases. Given the combination of closed loop functionality with a proprietary algorithm integrated in conjunction with a microprocessor, the module is capable of dynamically sensing and optimizing the antenna system, without external control signals from the device. This approach provides tuning capability – seamlessly adjusting the characteristics of the antenna to its dynamic requirements, including frequency shift, hand, head and environmental effects, or more bandwidth. As a true, turnkey plug-and-play antenna system that can be integrated into M2M devices, EtherModule 1.0 minimizes the need for additional engineering design and gets products to market faster. Measuring 35x15x10 mm, EtherModule 1.0 is able to cover one frequency or a wide range of frequencies depending on the needs – from 100 MHz to 3 GHz – including 2G, 3G and 4G cellular as well as Bluetooth, ISM, WiFi and ZigBee. Its compact size and ability to cover a wide range of frequencies make it ideal for a variety of applications, including M2M, tablets and other wireless devices.
Experience Gets Your Products to Market Faster
Antenna Solutions for Special Applications
Ethertronics has developed antennas for more than 1,000 unique platform designs for customers. Every new design leverages that experience to minimize time-to-market and development costs, even when extensive customization is required.
Platform Approach Ensures Smooth Transition from Design to Production
Developed as a platform company, Ethertronics has design centers and manufacturing facilities strategically located worldwide including China, Taiwan, the U.S. and other countries. All design centers have experienced engineers who have worked on hundreds of designs and are equipped with the same test equipment. This ensures customers receive a consistent experience as product moves from the design stage to production in different countries.
Carrier Certification Made Easy
Between M2M, handsets, mobile entertainment devices and laptops, Ethertronics’ antenna and RF system solutions have passed the rigorous certification processes at top mobile operators worldwide. That experience enables Ethertronics to help their M2M customers breeze through PTCRB certification, instead of wasting weeks or months tweaking designs for another try.
The Coverage You Need
Ethertronics offers M2M antennas covering all the frequency bands used in M2M applications including 2G/3G/4G cellular, ISM, NFC, WiFi and ZigBee®.
Here are a few examples of how Ethertronics is enabling a world of connected devices.
Water and electric meters are challenging M2M applications because their metal housings and small amount of space available for multiple antennas covering many frequencies can cause interference, wreaking havoc on RF performance. The meters also often are in basements, underground vaults and other environments that weaken RF signals. Meters designed for the 900 MHz band need to provide wide coverage over a long distance to reduce the density of collectors and other wireless infrastructure.
Ethertronics has extensive experience integrating multiple antennas into tough RF environments to optimize performance. That performance maximizes the savings of automated meter reading (AMR) and gives utilities the confidence to offer a wide range of value-added services, such as smart metering and residential energy management.
Point of Sale and Industrial Applications
Credit card readers and barcode scanners are like smartphones when it comes to the challenge of shoehorning multiple 2G, 3G, 4G, NFC and Wi-Fi antennas into a highly compact form factor. Ethertronics has spent the past decade meeting that challenge in both M2M devices and smartphones through extensive R&D efforts. Ethertronics has leveraged its expertise in the overall RF system to bring advanced antenna system architectures to market providing optimal performance and connectivity.
For example, Ethertronics’ EtherSmart LTE 1.0 Phone Adaptive Antenna solution uses techniques such as active impedance matching to shrink the antenna’s physical volume by 50 percent, without any performance tradeoffs, and compensate for antenna detuning due to hand effects. This kind of solution enables M2M companies to develop cutting-edge point-of-sale (PoS) terminals, handheld scanners and other devices that provide optimal connectivity whether they are on the go or deep inside a building.
Trusted by Top OEMs for Mission-Critical Communications
Many of the world’s biggest brands – including GE Healthcare, Honeywell, Motorola Solutions and more – choose Ethertronics’ antenna and RF system solutions to enable optimal performance despite compact device form factors, tough RF environments with multiple antennas supporting many frequencies, high interference and weak coverage areas. With more than one billion embedded solutions sold, Ethertronics knows what it takes to ensure mission-critical voice, video and data communications regardless of the technology.
IMD solutions have been developed for other applications—from cordless phones and FM radio to satellite radio and UWB. If you need an application that’s not listed here, please contact us for information on other custom solutions we can develop to meet your needs.