AntennaWare Addresses Body Blocking Issues In The UWB Market with new BodyWave™ UWB antenna


The company's latest antenna is specifically designed to elevate wearable performance by extending range and drastically reducing drop out.

Antennaware Ltd, a company that specialises in solving the body blocking problems normally associated with close range RF designs, has launched a new addition to its BodyWave™ antenna range that specifically targets the Ultra Wide Band(UWB) radio market.

Ideally suited to the IOT, Wearable, Sports, Professional and Consumer Electronics markets, AntennaWare's robust BodyWave UWB antenna elevates wearable performance by extending range and drastically reducing drop out. This results in more coverage, unbeaten wireless reliability, and the best signal performance for effective data capture – even in demanding outdoor environments.

AntennaWare's expertise has already been deployed in the 2.4GHz for Bluetooth arena where its BodyWave antenna resulted in improvements of between 10 and 20dB. This new UWB version is recording over 25dB improvement in link budget when compared to printed or ceramic chip antennas - an improvement that is so dramatic it is allowing UWB radios to successfully address market sectors where Body Blocking was previously very difficult to overcome.

"A major problem with wireless wearables is the issue of body shadowing," says Dr. Gareth Conway, CEO of AntennaWare. "This is when the human body blocks the wireless transmission path, meaning the signal can drop out because the radio waves created by existing antennas are reflected or absorbed by the human body. BodyWave solves this by generating waves that flow efficiently around the body, supporting a communication link even when the body is blocking the signal."

The new version of BodyWave, which supports both 6.5GHz (Ch 5) and 8GHz (Ch 9), deals with the issues surrounding UWB that have historically caused data drop outs, especially when devices were used "cross body" (back pocket to headset) or in Auto and Asset Tracking applications.

"Our novel and patented approach addresses the debilitating effects of body blocking in general, and UWB in particular," adds Dr. Matt Magill, CTO of AntennaWare. "This makes our BodyWave UWB antenna a fundamental enabler for the IOT, Wearable and Audio wireless markets."

AntennaWare will be showcasing both the UWB and BT Low Energy BodyWave antennas at CES in Las Vegas.


About AntennaWare

Cutting-edge academic and industry expertise combined with an effective and powerful product. From exploration to deployment, AntennaWare provides solutions that out perform current industry standard devices. As the only antenna specifically designed for Wearables, BodyWave antenna technology has the highest performance on the market, with increased radiation efficiency, increased detuning immunity and our unique BodyWave propagation, all in a compact package.

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