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Multiband miniature antenna for Open Hardware IoT Platforms

Multiband miniature antenna for Open Hardware IoT Platforms


The global Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected to grow 900% by 2025. This will encourage new companies to enter the market. Especially innovative start-ups, whose business model depends on the rapid market introduction of new IoT products, while they cannot assume the complexity and costs associated with the deployment of an IoT project. This is leading companies to consider open source platforms to develop their IoT products. This open source hardware allows them freedom of use, study, modification and distribution and redistribution. In addition, they are scalable for industrial use, portable and low-cost, guarantee security and privacy, and the revolution defined by open source software will similarly increase demand.
A large part of any IoT device is Internet connectivity. This requires highly reliable wireless connectivity in moderate conditions that meets the stringent requirements of open source hardware cards. Fractus Antennas (NN) is a Spanish company of passionate entrepreneurs that designs, manufactures and markets miniature antennas for IoT, mobile connectivity and short-range wireless devices. Its team is a pioneer in the development of internal antennas for mobile phones and related handheld wireless devices. The innovative and disruptive solution devised by NN for the growing demand described above is Variant™, the first miniature multiband antenna designed to be used on open hardware IoT platforms. The features that Variant™ can boast are:1) its small size (10 times smaller antenna element than conventional antennas providing the same connectivity);2) the broad spectrum it covers (multiband operation) useful for 4G, 5G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, ISM, etc.;3) easy configuration thanks to the matching network which makes it easy to use in any device and any band without the need of designing a new antenna for each case;4) off-the-shelf so it is ready to be delivered ‘as is’ with no need for customization and 5) no manual assembly is needed.
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Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 868375


Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2019

Funded under:




  • Overall budget:

    € 71 429

  • EU contribution

    € 50 000

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