Innovative, Industry Leading Antennas for 5G
With the ever-growing demand for 5G networks and the promise of real-time, mission-critical applications, Laird Connectivity’s next generation of antennas deliver both high-bandwidth and highly reliable connectivity. Our broad portfolio of 5G-ready antennas include antennas for IoT/M2M, vehicular, and iDAS applications. While passive antennas play a role in 5G networks, active antennas, such as our solutions for Advanced Antenna Systems (AAS), facilitate technologies such as beamforming and beamsteering through Massive MIMO technology. Our AAS solutions greatly enhance network performance and the end-user experience.
While consumers look to 5G for more throughput and faster apps for their mobile devices, enterprises are eager to reap the benefits that 5G brings when it comes to speed, capacity and latency for use cases such as:
- Industrial IoT
- Warehouse Automation
- Smart Vehicles
- Smart Cities
- Real-time location tracking
- Augmented and Virtual Reality
What is 5G?
5G is the fifth (and newest) generation of cellular network technology. 5G cellular networks are expected to provide a significant increase in both network capacity and spectrum efficiency.
With 5G comes three new features:
- Faster speeds which can move far more data
- Lower latency to improve network response time
- The ability to connect many additional devices at one time
5G primarily operates in two areas of spectrum below 6 GHz (known as sub 6) and mmWave expanding the range of frequencies used for cellular communication.
Utilizing sub 6GHz spectrum for 5G combines the advantages of the 5G NR performance with the known RF characteristics of sub 6GHz previous generation deployments. Additionally, Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) do not have additional investment associated with new spectrum auctions.
Operating within mmwave, MNO’s are able to use larger channels because of the amount of spectrum that is available at these extremely high frequencies. With this extra space, carriers are able to achieve much faster speeds by taking advantage of mmWave (millimeter-wave). These bands were previously not used for consumer devices because the amount of required power and advanced antenna technology to operate at this level were simply not yet available. While mmWave has an important role in 5G applications and use cases, the success of 5G will require the utilization of both mmWave and sub 6 GHz frequencies in complimentary manner.
Why Choose Laird Connectivity?
Expertise in Emerging Technologies
Laird Connectivity’s expertise and experience designing and manufacturing RF modules and antennas for Cellular/LTE, Massive MIMO, V2V/V2I as well as other wireless technologies has uniquely positioned Laird Connectivity as a technology leader in the public safety space.
Fully Optimized Antenna Designs
Laird Connectivity’s unique and proprietary AIO (Artificial Intelligence Optimizer) software enables Laird Connectivity to design antennas that are fully optimized for specific applications, beyond the capabilities of conventional software design optimization.
Space Efficient, Aesthetically Pleasing Solutions
Laird Connectivity has proven itself as a leader in low profile and ultra-low-profile antennas with the best range possible for environments that demand antennas that aesthetically blend into their environment.
Featured Antennas for 5G
Advanced Antenna Systems (AAS)
Laird Connectivity is a leading 5G antenna innovator, having designed and manufactured thousands of Advanced Antenna Systems that have been successfully installed, not just in trials, but in real-world deployments. These antenna systems utilize new technologies such as mMIMO (Massive MIMO) and beamforming to optimize cellular networks.
IoT and M2M Antennas
Laird Connectivity offers a comprehensive portfolio of 5G ready, IoT antennas that target specific market applications such as smart utility meters, vending, smart city applications, digital signage, security, medical, and a host of other general IoT applications.
Laird Connectivity’s latest multiport vehicular antennas, Gar and Barracuda not only increase signal reliability and data throughput but enable the possibility for vehicles to function as communication hubs. Both antennas are 5G ready, aerodynamic, and ruggedly reliable, and are the only vehicular antennas in the industry to come with a 5-year product warranty.
Laird Connectivity is a leader in iDAS innovation, being the first to market with ultra-low profile ceiling antennas. The latest iDAS antenna launched is the CFSA35606P, which is 5G ready, public safety and FirstNet ready, and ideal for environments where aesthetics and wide-angle coverage are necessary for successful wireless deployment. The surprisingly small size and extreme low profile enables maximum mounting flexibility while maintaining desired in-building aesthetics.