Connected Cars Place New Demands on Vehicle Electronics Design 

By Chris Anderson, CTO, Taoglas. Article featured in Wireless, Design & Development Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 5 

The connected car of the future will have more options than ever, expanding beyond basic infotainment and navigation systems to offer the latest in safety features, and (in the-nottoo-distant future) autonomous driving. The requirement for more sensors and antennas to deliver high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity is seemingly at odds with another requirement of auto manufacturers—fewer cables and connectors that cause noise and vibrations, while being complicated and expensive to install. In today’s connected cars, antennas and electronics are increasingly being forced in closer proximity. What does that mean for design engineers?

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Taoglas Launches New Filter Division

Taoglas Launches New Filter Division to Meet Industry Need for High-quality, Small-Form-Factor RF Filters

New division will help IoT companies quickly source cost-effective and simple RF filter solutions

SAN DIEGO, California – September 07, 2017 – Taoglas, a leading provider of IoT and M2M antenna products, today announced at Mobile World Congress Americas that it is launching a new RF filter division specifically developed for Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile applications. Taoglas is utilizing its deep understanding of the RF component design and manufacturing process to provide high-quality, small-form-factor, cost-effective and easy-to-implement RF filters.

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Taoglas Launches High-Precision, Multiband GNSS Antennas

New antenna range includes L1/L2 and L1/L5 to help enhance RF performance for applications that require highly accurate location capabilities, including Connected Car

SAN DIEGO, California – September 07, 2017 – Taoglas, today launched a range of multiband high-performance GNSS antennas specifically designed to power the next generation of applications that require highly accurate location capabilities, including navigation, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), precision heavy equipment, surveying, agriculture, and paving the way for the rise of autonomous vehicles. The new antenna range is the most comprehensive series of high-precision GNSS antennas in the market today, and incorporates several new form factors to help drive optimal performance and location capabilities across a wide variety of use cases. Continue reading…


Taoglas Launches First-Ever Ultra-Wideband Antenna Range

The flex and chip UWB antennas work with the DecaWave DW1000 chip for specific indoor positioning applications

SAN DIEGO, California – September 6, 2017 – Taoglas, a leading provider of IoT and M2M antenna products, today launched an industry-first range of small-form-factor ultra-wideband (UWB) antennas specifically designed to enable centimeter-level positioning and angle-of-arrival applications, including asset tracking, follow-me drones, healthcare monitoring, smart home services, and other applications that demand high-performance indoor localization capabilities. The antennas offer high efficiencies across a wide spectrum of frequency bands from 3GHz to 10GHz. Continue reading…


STATSports Selects Taoglas to Connect Next-Gen Sports Performance Monitor

Taoglas provides high performance, reliability and positional accuracy in small form factor antenna for company’s new GPS-based Apex system

WEXFORD, Ireland – 01 August 2017 – Taoglas today announced that STATSports has selected Taoglas to provide antenna solutions for its new Apex line of GPS-based sports performance monitors.

STATSports is the world’s leading provider of GPS player tracking and analysis solutions for some of the biggest sports franchises in the world. Teams in the English Premier League, La Liga, the National Football League, National Basketball Association and other professional sporting leagues use STATSports’ performance trackers to gather and analyze real-time player and team data during training and games to help them improve performance and strategy, and reduce injuries.

The company’s state-of-the-art Apex system consists of the Apex Pod, Apex Software and Apex Live Streaming. GPS is at the heart of the Apex device, and STATSports evaluated several GPS antenna options before finding the perfect match in fellow Irish company, Taoglas.

Taoglas’ 25*25mm AGGBP.25B is a two-stage 28 dB Active GPS Patch Antenna Module that provides positional accuracy in a small form factor that is ideal for a performance monitoring solution like the Apex, which embeds the antenna in a small, fist-sized device called the Apex Pod in or under the players’ jerseys.AGGBP.25B GPS-GLONASS-BeiDou 2 Stage Active Patch

“A wearable device with accurate GPS location measurement is of paramount importance to monitor player performance, and the Taoglas antenna is a key component delivering this,” said STATSports CTO, Arthur McMahon. “We have found the Taoglas antenna gives us the best performance in GPS reception in the demanding environments of elite player performance analysis. The accuracy, reliability and robustness of their antenna in our harsh operating environments were key factors in choosing Taoglas.”

The Apex utilizes multiple channels and synchronized mesh networking to deliver data streams from all the players on the field to the Apex Software for analysis. The Apex delivers GPS speed and positional data, heart rate variability, digital compass, gyroscopic and accelerometer data; transmitting over half a million numbers every minute during training and games for a squad of more than 30 players.

Highly accurate positioning is critical, and Taoglas was able to help STATSports deliver location accuracy within 1 meter. However, with that many antennas and transmissions in close proximity, interference can be an issue. Taoglas’ solution includes a front-end SAW filter in front of the two-stage LNA to reduce out-of-band noise, such as signals from nearby cellular transceivers.
STATSports’ proximity to Taoglas’ Wexford, Ireland, headquarters and development labs means the teams can collaborate easily on new functionality as STATSports develops increasingly advanced performance tracking solutions.

“Having the best antennas in the industry can help STATSports collect the most accurate possible data on player performance,” said Dermot O’Shea, co-CEO of Taoglas. “In devices that small and sensitive, antennas can be the most common point of failure in the communications chain. Taoglas has the expertise to deliver reliable antenna solutions that can excel even in the most challenging of situations.”


IoT & Automotive Products Available from Sphinx Connect France

Taoglas’ IoT & Automotive Products Now Available in the System Solutions of Sphinx Connect France

PARIS, France – June 13, 2017 – In an agreement spanning France, Spain and Italy, the IoT and Automotive products of Taoglas are now available through the system solutions provided by Sphinx Connect France. The agreement is effective immediately.

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Taoglas Launches Axiom Reference Design for Connected Vehicles

Axiom reference design will help auto manufacturers test size, placement and performance of antennas, speed time to market

SAN DIEGO – June 7, 2017 – Taoglas, today announced the launch of Axiom, a reference design for a low-profile, compact multiple-antenna solution for the next generation of Connected Cars. The reference design will help automobile manufacturers overcome one of the biggest challenges of the Connected Car: where and how to place the multitude of antennas needed for maximum performance.

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Taoglas Powers Interactive Assistant from Lighthouse

High-efficiency Wi-Fi, Bluetooth antennas provide ultimate RF performance for next-generation interactive assistant for the home

SAN DIEGO – MAY 11, 2017 – Taoglas, a leading provider of IoT and M2M antenna and RF solutions, today announced that Lighthouse has incorporated Taoglas antennas to connect its next-generation intelligent home security and monitoring device. The Lighthouse interactive assistant utilizes Taoglas’ FXP830 Freedom antenna to provide the performance it needs in a form factor that works with Lighthouse’s aesthetically pleasing design.

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