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Antenova Announces Availability of GPS RADIONOVA® Antenna for Embedded GPS Applications in Handheld and Portable Devices

12 June 2006
Antenova’s patented balanced antenna technology provides higher efficiency and reliable performance in a significantly reduced size antenna

Cambridge, UK, June 12, 2006 --- Antenova Ltd, the integrated antenna solutions company, announced the availability of GPS RADIONOVA® balanced antenna for embedded GPS applications for portable devices such as smartphones, personal navigation devices (PNDs), PDA’s, laptop computers and plug-in accessories such as USB dongles, SDIO cards, etc. Antenova’s patented balanced antenna technology enables GPS RADIONOVA to outperform other much larger, bulkier and more costly antennas.

“GPS RADIONOVA is ideally suited for embedded GPS applications in small form factors enabling reliable high performance navigation systems in portable and handheld devices,” stated Greg McCray, CEO of Antenova. “Antenova’s balanced antenna technology enables GPS RADIONOVA to operate independent of component placement and the ground plane size, thus making it a lower risk and simpler solution for OEMs to design into their own hardware module solutions. Further benefits include reduction in development cost, faster time to market and enhanced user experience in terms of consistent and reliable location information.”

The GPS RADIONOVA in its small 20.1x9x1.6mm package is more reliable, cost effective and higher performing than larger, bulkier and more costly patch antennas. Because of its small size and balanced antenna technology, GPS RADIONOVA only requires a PCB with a groundplane as small as 20x30 mm for efficient operation. In handheld devices such as smartphones or PDA’s where space is a premium, GPS RADIONOVA also outperforms small chip antennas on cost and performance, which make critical demand on PCB layout and groundplane size. In addition, further efficiencies and cost reduction can be achieved when integrated with GPS radio IC’s.

McCray added, “GPS RADIONOVA has the highest efficiency in the industry today for handheld & portable device applications. Antenova’s RADIONOVA radio antenna modules and balanced antennas are highly resistant to de-tuning, so the same RADIONOVA balanced antenna can be used across multiple product designs. We have developed RADIONOVA to give our customers maximum design flexibility with the cost benefits of a standard component. GPS RADIONOVA will allow Antenova to address the growing GPS market which is predicted to reach 322 million GPS enabled mobile handset, PDA’s and laptop computers by 2009.”

About Antenova

Antenova is a leading developer and supplier of integrated antenna solutions. Antenova’s High Dielectric Antenna (HDA™) technology and integrated radio antenna products provide antennas that are smaller, higher in efficiency, operate across multiple bands and offer more robust performance for mobile handsets, portable devices and laptop applications. Antenova’s high performance integrated antenna solutions enable rapid product development, from the R&D stage through to manufacturing and quality control. Antenova’s products are suitable for an extensive range of applications, including GSM and CDMA, 3G, GPS, 802.11 a/b/g and Bluetooth™ markets. For further information, please visit www.antenova.com.