Compared to traditional PCB technology, the potential benefits of iPCB technology in antenna manufacturing include the following: (1) cost savings are possible, (2) environmental burden can be reduced, (3) new types of devices can be manufactured, and (4) personalization becomes easier. The antenna demonstrators of the current activity capitalise on the personalization feature of iPCB technology: to manufacture planar array antennas for fixed satellite services with individually tailored, fixed and directive antenna beam. Thus improved directivity (and link budget margin) can be generated for each individual installation location and orientation without costly electrical steering solutions of the antenna array. Compared to high gain parabolic antennas, the tailored planar array antennas enable flat panel design that can be mounted flat to a wall or a roof without protruding parts. Thus, the solution is both visually attractive and environmentally very robust.
The activity has been completed in December 2013.