Electronic Products & Technology

Materials solutions boost base station antenna performance

Stephen Law   

Production / Materials Wireless

Sabic BaseStationAntennaSABIC THERMOCOMP compounds help manufacturers of base station antennas, especially internal components such as phase shifters. Products have been engineered to meet specific performance requirements in ways that are superior to two incumbent materials, ceramics and pcbs. Materials are optimized for transmission conditions from 900MHz to 3GHz and beyond, providing different combinations of Dk (dielectric constant) and Df (dielectric dissipation factor) performance. Materials improve balance of dielectric properties, with extremely low Df, down to 0.001, and a wide range of Dk from 3 to 13.9, depending on frequency requirements. By comparison, general purpose pcbs are capable of Df to 0.005. http://www.sabic-ip.com

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