In part one of this application note we had discussed basic design concepts and simulation methods for “printed” PCB antennas. Now in this second part, we will discuss advanced topics:

  • Co-simulation of antenna and SMD matching components for electrically small antennas
  • Using the Analyst 3D FEM solver to include the effect of finite PCB size, or possible PCB cutouts.

For design and simulation, Microwave Office v11 with the Axiem and Analyst EM simulators is used.

Microwave Office: PCB antenna simulation 868MHz