Texas Instruments: CC-ANTENNA-DK - CC Antenna Development Kit

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Kit Overview

 

The purpose of the Texas Instruments CC-Antenna-DKCC-Antenna-DK is to ease the decision for which type of low cost antenna can be implemented as well as to give an estimation of the performance that can be achieved.

 

The frequency range of the antennas is from 136 MHz to 2480 MHz. The A4 sized PCB panel contains 16 different boards; 13 antenna designs and 3 boards for calibration purposes. Each board has been v-cut and can be snapped out of the PCB panel.

 

All antennas are tuned for connecting to an EM board on the EB platform. A matching network is used on each antenna design so the antenna boards can matched for other GND sizes than the EB board.

 

Choosing the correct antenna for the application is crucial if the optimum range is to be achieved. Similarly, for a given distance, the power can be reduced on the transmitter side if the optimum antenna is chosen.

 

Antennas are categorized under the operating frequency (169 MHz, 315 MHz, 433 MHz, 868 / 915 MHz or 2.44 GHz) and then the type of antenna (PCB Antennas, Chip Antennas, and Wire Antennas). The main focus is on PCB, Wire and Chip antennas, since these are mainly used in high volume products.

 

The CC-Antenna-DKCC-Antenna-DK is a part of the total antenna in-design support that is provided by LPRF. There is no one antenna that fits all applications but hopefully this CC-Antenna-DK will help in determining which antenna type should be the best solution for your application.

 

Key Applications: Decision making for Low-cost Antenna  implementation and estimation of the performance

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Technical Documents


Learning Center
TypeDescription
User GuideTI: Quick Start Guide for Antenna Evaluation Kit
DatasheetTI: Data Sheet for CC1020 - Low-Power RF Transceiver for Narrowband Systems
Application NoteTI: DN616 - Application Note for Test Report for DN024
Application NoteTI: DN601 - Application Note for OTA Test Results for Frequency 868.000 MHz
Application NoteTI: DN031 - Application Note for CC-Antenna-DK and Antenna Measurements Summary
Application NoteTI: DN615 - Application Note for OTA Test Results for Frequency 2400.000 MHz
Application NoteTI: DN614 - Application Note for OTA Test Results for Frequency 2400.000 MHz

 

Design Elements

 

TypeDescription
SchematicsTI: Schematics File for CC-Antenna-DK
LayoutTI: Layout File for CC-Antenna-DK
BOMTI: BOM File for CC-Antenna-DK

 

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Kit Features


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The Key Features for the CC-Antenna-DKCC-Antenna-DK  Development Kit:

  • The CC-Antenna-DK PCB panel contains 16 different boards (assembled in one panel)
  • 13 antenna designs and
  • 3 boards for calibration purposes
  • Each board has been v-cut and can be snapped out of the PCB panel
  • Each board has a height of 95 mm and a width of 20 mm to 45 mm.
  • The PCB is 1.6 mm thick and has a dielectric of 4.2.
  • Board Description
    • “SHORT” Calibration
    • “LOAD” Calibration
    • Mitsubishi Chip - Freq in 868MHz
    • Pulse Chip - Freq in 868MHz
    • Loaded Stud PCB (L) - Freq in 868MHz
    • Dual band Meander PCB Antenna - Freq in 868MHz & 2440MHz
    • Inverted F PCB - Freq in 2440MHz
    • Pulse HelicalWire - Freq in 433MHz
    • “OPEN” Calibration
    • Loaded Stud PCB (S) - Freq in 868MHz
    • Helical Wire - Freq in 915MHz
    • Mitsubishi Chip - Freq in 433MHz
    • Helical Wire - Freq in 433MHz
    • Helical Wire - Freq in 169MHz
    • Meander PCB - Freq in 2440MHz
    • Pulse HelicalWire - Freq in 315MHz
  • All Low Power RF bands are covered by the antenna kit.

 

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Kit Contents


 

The Texas Instruments CC-Antenna-DKCC-Antenna-DK CC Antenna Development Kit is supplied with below contents:

  • 1 x Antenna panel
    • The kit contains the following antennas:
      • 169 MHz (136 - 240 MHz) Antenna
      • 315 MHz (273 - 348 MHz) Antenna
      • 433 MHz (387 - 510 MHz) Antenna
      • 868 MHz (779 - 960 MHz) Antenna
      • 915 MHz (779 - 960 MHz) Antenna
      • 2.4 GHz AntennaDual Band Antenna (868 & 2440 MHz)
  • 1 x SMA male/male adapter
  • 5 x SMA female through-hole connectors
  • Documentation

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