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TE Connectivity (TE) designs and manufactures antennas that comply with the most stringent operating requirements. We are a pioneer of customized embedded antenna solutions to accommodate the wireless industry's move towards increased complexity and demand for miniaturization combined with the need to integrate a multi-radio environment into one component.

Our innovative antenna designs have been applied to a wide range of wireless products including the world's thinnest laptop, leading touch screen smartphones, and even revolutionary gaming consoles. Our antennas offer endless possibilities for our customers to create wireless devices with several combination of features in a variety of shapes or sizes.

Our antennas utilize diverse technologies and offer optimal solutions for each of the following examples:

WLAN

  • 802.11 (a/b/g/n): 2400 - 2483.5 & 4900 - 5875 MHz
  • WWAN / Voice
  • LTE: 698 – 787; 2500 – 2690 & 3410 – 3600 MHz
  • GSM/CDMA 850: 824 - 894 MHz
  • GSM 900: 880 - 960 MHz
  • GSM 1800: 1710 - 1880 MHz
  • GSM/CDMA 1900: 1850 - 1990 MHz
  • IMT-2100 (3G, UMTS): 1920 - 2170 MHz
  • WiMAX: 2300 - 2700 & 3300 - 3800 MHz Others
  • ISM 900/ZigBee: 902 - 928 MHz
  • Bluetooth/ZigBee: 2400 - 2483.5 MHz
  • UWB: 3168 - 10560 MHz
  • GPS: 1565 - 1585 MHz
  • DVB-H: 1670 - 1675 MHz
  • NFC: 13.56 MHz
  • Numerous Industries have integrated wireless functionality into their everyday products and/or services. TE provides advanced antenna solutions for most wireless devices, with many combination of features that is required. Our antenna designs accommodate numerous sets of frequency bands for operation on any network - in both regional or global markets - at a competitive price point.

    TE Antenna Products is a leading developer and manufacturer of high performance embedded and external antennas for diverse wireless applications in various industries. TE has a global presence with manufacturing and design locations around the world.

      Key Features
    • Global footprint with design and manufacturing locations around the world for quick time-to-market solutions
    • Design innovation as trend setters pushing the limits with our innovative antenna designs
    • Experienced antenna manufacturer offering a complete range of cost effective manufacturing technologies
    • MID technology industry leader with many years of proven 2-Shot and LDS solutions
    • State of the art test equipment with 100% RF and acoustic testing capabilities
    • Value added production processes on-site along with experienced RF and mechanical design engineering teams

      Applications
    • Mobile phones
    • Smart phones
    • Notebook and desktop computers
    • Wireless printers and routers
    • HDTV
    • Wireless alarm, security, and monitoring systems
    • Smart Grid
    • Vehicle tracking systems
    Custom Antenna Design Request

    Manufacturing Capability

    TE most commonly utilizes the following manufacturing technologies: Molded Interconnect Device (MID) Technology: Two Shot and Laser Direct Structuring; Stamped Metal; Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC).

    MID Technology

    TE is one of the leading provider of Molded Interconnect Device (MID) technology with more than 25 years mass production experience. In its most basic form, MID technology is defined as a process that results in selectively plated plastic parts. This technology is most often used in three basic ways: electro-mechanical (signal or current carrying traces), RF technology (antennas), and for shielding applications. MIDs can integrate electrical and mechanical elements into almost any shape of interconnect device allowing entirely new functions to be created while facilitating the miniaturization of products.

    TE utilizes two different technologies to manufacture MID antennas: 2-Shot molding and Laser Direct Structuring (LDS).

    MID 2-shot    MID LDS

    Two Shot MID Technology  Custom Antenna Design Request

    MID 2-shot

    Two-Shot Molded Interconnect Device (MID) Antennas Video

    Two Shot molding is a mature and well understood process that remains viable for cost effective and repeatable production of MIDs. The basic process has only two steps, injection molding of two distinct thermoplastic polymers and the electroless plating process, resulting in a selectively plated component. In order to achieve the selectivity during plating, a catalyst doped “plateable” resin is molded in conjunction with a standard non-plateable resin to define the desired area to be plated. This area is metallized initially with copper, followed by nickel and, optionally, gold plating. The following are just a few of the several advantages that MID 2-Shot technology delivers compared to alternative technologies:

    • Design flexibility for complex 3D geometries
    • Ability to integrate multiple functions into one component
    • Tightest tolerance for pattern registration to carrier
    • Fewest manufacturing steps and processes
    • Higher yields
    • Improved scalability


    Laser Direct Structuring MID Technology  Custom Antenna Design Request

    MID LDS

    LDS Molded Interconnect Device (MID) Antennas Video

    Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) is an exciting technology used to create Molded Interconnect Devices (MID). Through the use of the dedicated laser system and a variety of the proprietary resins, it opens up many possibilities to create 3 dimensional MIDs with finer line width and spacing than what is possible with the conventional MID processes. The LDS is a three step process. First, the antenna is molded in a standard single shot mold using one of the LDS resins. Second, the desired pattern is directly structured onto the antenna by the 3D laser system. Finally, the pattern is plated using the industry-standard methods where the plating adheres only where the plastic that has been activated by the laser, thus creating a conductive pattern. LDS offers the same advantages as the 2-Shot technology mentioned above plus additional:

    • Ability to produce thin (0.15 mm) traces
    • Flexibility for pattern changes during production
    • Simple/fastest/lowest cost tooling

    Stamped Metal Antennas  Custom Antenna Design Request

    MID LDS

    TE has developed a line of low profile, high performance Stamped Metal embedded antenna solutions for single-, dual-, tri- and quad band applications. Stamped Metal antennas offer OEM’s a low cost and highly repeatable manufacturing solution with a number of standard or customized antenna designs. Stampings are a proven solution with several advantages such as:

    • Lowest cost
    • Integrated contacts to ground plane
    • High volume capable production die
    • Additional assembly stations may be added for volume upswings

    Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Antennas  Custom Antenna Design Request

    MID LDS

    FPC Antenna Assembly Video

    Flexible Printed Circuits and Printed Circuit Boards are ideal for multi band antennas, allowing virtually any wireless product to operate at different frequencies without multiple antennas. TE Connectivity offers a broad range of low profile, high performance FPC and PCB embedded antennas. Similar to our Stamped Metal antennas, FPC and PCB antennas offer OEM’s a low cost and highly repeatable manufacturing solutions in a number of standard or customized antenna designs. FPC and PCB antennas address the needs of a variety of wireless applications and offer several advantages such as:

    • Low cost tooling investment
    • Flexibility for pattern changes during production
    • Shortest lead time for tool build

    Locations

    TE Antenna Products is a leading developer and manufacturer of high performance embedded and external antennas for diverse wireless applications in various industries. TE has a global presence with manufacturing and design locations around the world.

    Product Management & Design Locations:

    • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA
    • Aptos, California USA
    • Menlo Park, California USA
    • Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
    • Kunshan, China
    • Taipei, Taiwan
    • Kawasaki, Japan
    Manufacturing Locations:

    • Kunshan, China
    • Qingdao, China
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