To support the product portfolio, Molex has produced a library of application specifications. These are engineering documents that go beyond the standard antenna data sheet. They include not only performance information but a reference design, with advice on where and how to locate the antenna on a PCB. Perhaps most importantly, the application specification provides an estimate of the antenna’s operation and how this will vary based on its location on a PCB, taking into account its proximity to other components and features such as batteries, metal shields and the cable itself for cabled antennas. These application specification documents provide essential guidelines that system designers should read to understand how to best engineer the antenna into each system.
In most cases, the information provided in the application specification has been simplified to make it more easily accessible to engineers with varying levels of RF expertise, and of course Molex can also provide access to an expert if and when required. In many instances, it is advised that design teams placing antennas into their systems seek assistance and guidance from an RF expert. This can save time when it comes to understanding what additional measures are needed to boost antenna performance and quantitatively measuring antenna performance in a system.