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Date: 09-03-09

Miniature FM antenna in the form of surface mount chip for mobile phones

Passive component specialist Yageo Corporation has released a new miniature 2405 FM chip antenna for mobile applications. The 2405 FM chip antenna, having improved on drawbacks inherent in the narrow bandwidth of traditional low-frequency antennas can replace external connection mechanism of traditional FM antenna with built-in capability in mobile devices.

This antenna features a reception bandwidth between 88 to 108 MHz and impressive low-frequency reception performance. It supports central frequency of 98MHz. With physical dimensions of 25x4x61mm 2405 FM chip antenna occupies 50% less space than traditional antenna making it highly suitable for mobile phones, smart phones or notebooks. Mass production is slated to start in the first quarter of 2009 with an estimated initial shipment of one million pieces per month.

Mr. Vincent Hu, President of Yageo Global Sales Business Group, said "Increasing requirements for integrated functions in portable electronic products has continued to underpin growth in the overall component market. Aside from new technology development, the ability to enhance existing functions will also be a major driver for market expansion. FM broadcast capabilities are already a standard function in audio-visual products. On the back of our proprietary miniaturization technology, Yageo expects the new 2405 FM chip antenna to replace traditional antenna in the near future and to accelerate the integration of FM function in an array of portable multimedia gadgets."

According to Strategy Analytics, a market survey company, FM broadcast capabilities will become a value-added feature in all 2G and 3G mobile phones. As FM radio stations rush to churn out more dynamic programs, Strategy Analytics estimates that one in every two mobile phones sold in the market worldwide will come with FM broadcast capabilities before 2010. Yageo is poised to take advantage of the growing trend with the release of 2405 FM chip antenna and looks forward to make further inroads by introducing next generation LTCC based chip antenna.

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