# nrf52 and Chip antenna Layout Questions

I am designing a four layer stack up PCB having nrf52832 SoC with chip antenna (2450AT18B100 Johanson Technology).It is BLE Board (2.45 GHz). This is the first time I have been designing a PCB with an antenna. I am using kicad EDA Software. The stackup of my design is:

1. Signal and RF traces with ground copper fill (Green Colour in Picture below)
2. Ground Plane
3. 3.3V Plane
4. Bottom Plane (Basically Solid Ground Plane) (Red colour in Picture below)

I am going to add many vias (at 1/12 of RF frequency which will be 2.45 GHz). The antenna part is not completed yet because I am yet to receive some specification from my PCB fabrication house. I will change the width and shape of antenna feed considering the distance between signal plane and ground plane. I have one question regarding the calculation of width of antenna feed line. Since, I have four layers, Can I use formula of coplanar waveguide with bottom ground plane? Won't power plane and bottom layer will effect the impedance of coplanar waveguide? Do I need to take into account presence of power layer and bottom layer (actually solid ground plane).

NOTE: The other sensor in the left part of my layout is a CCD (TCD1304) which is basically a linear image sensor.

What I want from the community is suggestion on the pcb and review my design for RF. Since, this is the first time I have designed such a board, I don't want to design a PCB which won't work or work with very short range. The pictures of my PCB are given below:

Picture 1:

Picture 2:

Picture3:

After reviewing the datasheet of my chip antenna and suggestions from Johanson Technology, I can see they have suggested a large ground plane for which I don't have space.You can check pictures of my layout above as I have marked area for antenna (7mm X 23mm).

The picture below are taken from Johanson Technology's layout suggestion:

EDIT: I got specification from my fabrication house (See Picture below:)

I have updated my layout after calculating width for 50 ohm antenna feed line (which happens to be 21 mils). The pictures of updated layout are:

• Your inner planes will effect the transmission line. The return current will flow, most likely in the plane directly underneath the RF trace. In your case it's a ground plane. Make sure its continuous in the area under the trace and the transmitter's VSS pin. – Mike Oct 28 '17 at 12:57
• @Mike Inner layers are solid power planes.One near to RF traces and signal traces is ground. – abhiarora Oct 28 '17 at 13:03
• You can also study how certified modules with nRF52 are typically laid out, eg. BL-652. There is a list on Nordic's site nordicsemi.com/eng/Products/… . Consider using a module with an antenna (eg. BL-652) if your are new to RF layout. It may also turn out to be cheaper. – filo Oct 28 '17 at 13:07
• I have seen layout of thingy 52 board. It uses similar Chip antenna. – abhiarora Oct 28 '17 at 13:48
• I don't see the 32.768kHz LF crystal in your layout, which you would need for proper BT low energy support. – Turbo J Oct 28 '17 at 15:35