LONDON Fractal antenna technology pioneer Fractus (Barcelona, Spain) has developed an antenna measuring just 40.8 x 10.74 x 7.45 mm that has enabled Swedish mobile phone maker Neonode to create an ultra-compact handset.
The Neonode N2, claimed to be one of the smallest and lightest handsets yet measuring 47 x 77 x 14.7 mm incorporates the miniature internal quad-band GSM antenna for the device.
Despite being positioned extremely close to other electronic components, the antenna does not interfere with any of these components. Traditionally the antenna has to be isolated as much as possible from other components to avoid RF interference.
The N2 handset features a 5.08 cm optical touch screen display so it has no keypad a two mega pixel camera, miniSD memory expansion and a multimedia player capable of playing back MP3, AAC, WAV, MPEG4 and WMV formats as well as supporting internet radio recording.
"Fractus helped Neonode to achieve great antenna integration for such a small device," said Alfonso Sanz, Product Manager, Products and Services Division, Fractus. He added the antenna design evolved together with that of the device in a smooth way.
Fractus pioneered the use of the space-filling and multi-level properties of fractals for use in multi-band antennas in wireless devices and its IP and designs are used by companies such as ST Microelectronics, Samsung, Sagem, Atheros Communications and CSR.
Neonode (Stockholm, Sweden), which specializes in small form-factor handsets, is in the process of being acquired by SBE Inc, (San Ramon, Calif.), a specialist developer of storage networking devices.
SBE said Tuesday (May 29) it has agreed to amend the previously announced merger agreement with Neonode that extends the date on which the companies can terminate the deal if it has not closed by September 30.
In the meantime, SBE has loaned the Swedish group $1 million for working capital.