Published on March 6, 2007

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First Miniature Antenna to Market with Such Exceptional Size to Performance Ratio

ST. LOUIS, MO USA — (March 6, 2007) — Laird Technologies, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of antenna solutions, electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding products, telematics, signal integrity products and thermal management solutions, today announced its new BlackChip™ Antenna. This original micro-miniature antenna combines innovative features of high performance, small size and low cost, which are the most ideal features for use in many of today’s wireless consumer and enterprise electronic devices.

Wireless device designers are now recognizing the important role a well designed antenna plays in establishing an optimum RF link. Antennas greatly affect a systems’ RF link budget through pattern and gain characteristics, which are also significantly affected by the size of the antenna and its placement with the system. As designers continue their demand for antennas to be small, operate across multiple frequencies and transmit flawlessly next to other components, Laird Technologies continues to meet the challenge. Laird Technologies’ BlackChip™ antenna is a solution first to market in a micro-miniature form factor that meets this market need.

The actual radiating element of the new Laird Technologies’ BlackChip™ is an incredibly small 96 mm³. Its performance is > 2 dB peak gain across 2.4 – 2.5 GHz and > 3 dB peak gain across 4.9 – 6.0 GHz. Its weight is only 0.21 grams and it operates across a wide temperature range of -40 to 85 degrees Celsius. The antenna is ideal for many wireless device applications including 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and UWB.

The BlackChip antenna offers unobtrusive packaging and easy design implementation. It has a robust mechanical design and is surface mountable for placement directly on the system board. It can be placed along almost any board edge for optimum performance.

“The BlackChip is an extremely cost effective single solution, dual band, high performance antenna,” said Craig Somach, global sales director for wireless and IBD products. “Wireless device manufacturers are demanding this kind of performance in a miniature antenna. Laird Technologies hit the bulls-eye of the target with this new product.”

These RoHS compliant BlackChip™ antennas are priced at $0.59 for 2000 pieces (tape and reel) and are available in stock now, direct and through distribution.

About Laird Technologies

Laird Technologies designs and supplies customized performance-critical products for wireless and other advanced electronics applications.

Laird Technologies is a global market leader in the design and supply of electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, thermal interface products, signal integrity components, wireless antennae solutions and recently established a growing position in the design and supply of complete radio frequency (RF) modules and systems. These performance critical products, co-designed in conjunction with customers, are essential in enabling and protecting the functionality of electronic devices and wireless applications.

Custom products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including telecommunications, data transfer and information technology, as well as to the automotive, aerospace and defense, consumer electronics, medical and industrial markets.

For additional information or the name of your nearest Laird Technologies’ representative:
Laird Technologies
Phone 1 + (800) 843-4556, 1 + (314) 344-9300
Fax 1 + (314) 344-9333