Wireless mobile devices and broadband connectivity are becoming more embedded than ever in society and business around the world, and are key drivers of trends such as mobile payments, video streaming, and the Internet of Things (IoT). The number of connected devices continues to grow as the use of mobile technology and smart devices grows exponentially.
Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology is also expected to change the way we do business. It will also increase productivity and efficiency while remaking monitoring and measurement applications, quality control, decision-making, customer relationship management and more.
Molex has extensive mechanical and RF design experience in all frequency bands used by wireless services:
- GSM, CDMA and WCDMA (850/900/1800/1900)
- UMTS (2100)
- Dual-band GSM900/1800
- Dual-band GSM850/1900
- Tri-band GSM900/1800/1900
- Tri-band GSM850/1800/1900
- Quad-band GSM850/900/1800/1900
- Penta-band GSM850/900/1800/1900/2100
- Tri-band GSM + GPS
- Tri-band GSM + BT
Molex high-performance standard antenna solutions
Based on diverse manufacturing and RF technologies, Molex standard antennas offer high performance and ease of integration for demanding wireless applications spanning the industrial, consumer, medical and automotive markets
With multiple markets trending toward wireless applications, many wireless devices are better served with a standard antenna rather than a customized one. Molex standard antennas deliver superior performance for less cost and risk—and shortened lead times for bringing wireless products to market.
The current selection of Molex standard antennas are designed for M2M communication over the ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) bands and cellular bands (including GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS [3G] band-1 and LTE band-7), as well as applications running Wi-Fi* and mobile TV (DVB-H and CMMB). Major OEMs and ODMs around the world have chosen Molex to support a wide range of communication technologies including cellular, UMTS, Wi-Fi*, WIMAX, Bluetooth†, GPS, and others.
Our technical experts work through all projects phases with our customers to determine cost-effective ways of designing wireless antenna solutions while ensuring quick time-to-market. Molex uses the state-of-the-art technology, and a combination of its latest patented technologies, lean manufacturing techniques, custom automation and vertical integration to deliver products of the highest quality, reliability and performance.
Multi-band Cellular and Combo Cellular/Wi-Fi* Flexible Antennas with Balanced Transmission Advanced Flexible Antenna Technology
Combine extended cellular coverage with Wi-Fi capabilities for better connectivity and faster wireless-device processing. This balanced combo antenna with ground-plane independent design, reduces engineering resources and costs needed to mitigate PCB ground-induced radiation. High radiation efficiencies support high-performance RF application needs. Poly-flexible, double-sided adhesive tape on antenna enables easy peel-and-stick mounting anywhere within the device casing.
2.4 GHz Surface Mount Device (SMD) On-ground Antenna
Developed with the power and precision of Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) technology, Molex’s 2.4 GHz SMD on-ground antenna is the smallest on-ground MID (Molded Interconnect Device) antenna in the market. The lightweight Molded Interconnect Device (MID) chip antenna weighs only 0.03g and is used in portable electronic devices based on Bluetooth†, Wi-Fi*, ZIGBEE‡ and other wireless standards. Measuring only 3.00mm by 3.00mm by 4.00mm (0.118" by 0.118" by 0.157") and used on one side of the PCB, the antenna allows board makers to realize significant PCB real estate savings by leaving the ground layers in the PCB intact while freeing up space on the reverse side of the PCB for other component assemblies.
2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi* Flexible Antenna with Balanced Transmission, RoHS-compliant, Halogen-free
Dual-band transmission-balanced antennas combine ground-plane independence with high-radiation efficiency for better connectivity and faster wireless device processing. Balanced antenna with ground-plane independent design reduces engineering resources and costs needed to mitigate PCB ground-induced radiation. High radiation efficiency with 34.90 by 9.00mm strip antenna offers total efficiency values of 75% minimum in the 2.4GHz band and 70% minimum in the 5GHz band. Poly-flexible, double-sided adhesive tape on antenna enables easy peel-and-stick mounting anywhere within the device casing.
- 146153-0050: Antenna Wi-Fi 3.2dB/4.75dB 5850MHz Cable Mount PET Film
- 105263-0001: Antenna Cellular 3dBi Gain Tray
- 47948-0001: Omni-Directional 3dB Gain 2483.5MHz SMD T/R
- Multi-band Cellular/WiFi* Combo Antenna
- 2.4 GHz SMD On-Ground Antenna
- 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi* Flexible Antenna with Balanced Transmission
*Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
†Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
‡ZIGBEE is a registered trademark of trademark of ZigBee Alliance.
Wireless module interconnect solutions
Molex is a leading global supplier of a wide variety of standard and custom RF coaxial connectors, cable assemblies and unique solutions for today's cutting edge applications, covering frequencies from DC to 65 GHz. Markets supported include military, automotive, medical, instrumentation, telecom and wireless. Molex is committed to provide outstanding service, value and quality.
At the forefront of today’s RF technologies, Molex provides support at every phase of the product life cycle. We offer over 90 RF connector interface types and the ability to produce custom products for specific applications. Plus, our service-oriented team can turn around your drawings in 48 hours and deliver your solution in less than eight weeks – so you can get your products to market faster.
MCX RF connectors
The MCX RF connectors are designed for use in any wire-to-board application where quick and easy snap-on mating is needed. Available in 50 and 75 Ohm and frequencies up to 6 GHz, the MCX subminiature snap-on connectors offer a stable and durable connection. The subminiature design allows other electronic assemblies to be densely packaged on the PCB. MCX connectors are approximately 30% smaller than SMB connectors, and are available in both 50 and 75 Ohm versions and provide good electrical performance to 6 GHz. These connectors are used in telecommunications systems as well as wireless and GPS applications. For medical MRI applications, non-magnetic versions are available. Molex also provides multi-port MCX connectors for coplanar board-to-board and cable-to-board applications.
FAKRA II SMB connector system
FAKRA II SMB connectors, with 360° rotation and secondary locking latch deliver easy cable routing between antennas and multi-media units while meeting the USCAR requirements for on-board telematics systems’ Molex’s FAKRA II SMB product offering meets both American USCAR and German FAKRA automotive standards. The FAKRA II SMB connector system retains the high-performing, cost-effective RF attributes as the original FAKRA connector series. The enhanced features offered by the FAKRA II connector system demonstrate Molex’s dedication to meet the continued mechanical and environmental requirements of the automotive industry.
Molex RF Cable Assembly Configurator, online tool helps streamline design process and save costs
The RF Cable Assembly Configurator is available on the Molex website to help customers streamline the RF Cable Assembly design process. Located at Molex.com under the references tab, this online tool gives you the opportunity to obtain direct communication with the Molex RF Microwave System’s Product Managers who will in turn, provide quotes per your specifications quickly and efficiently. Saving time and money is important, and the RF Cable Assembly Configurator helps you create your own custom proposalsin a matter of minutes.
The RF Cable Assembly Configurator allows users to have the flexibility to select from many requirements. A multitude of RF connector interface types and styles are available. If specific interface or cable types are not known, your electrical and mechanical needs, which are also allowed to be purposed within the Configurator, will be addressed by Molex’s engineers and the correct connectors and cable types will be suggested for your specific application. By selecting from this list, you can choose the specific layout that you need, speeding up your design process and, in turn, bringing products to market faster.