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Design considerations of reconfigurable antennas using MEMS switches
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, reconfigurable antenna design consideration is discussed. The antenna design constrains are base on the use of radio frequency microelectromechanical system (RF MEMS) switches. The design consideration includes practical issues in using the switches to either change the antenna feeding networks or change the antenna topologies. In the first design, a coplanar waveguide (CPW)-to-microstripline transition technique is used to integrate the small switches onto the antenna feeding networks to achieve beam steering. In the second design, the switches are used to change the antenna ground plane topology to achieve frequency switching. Both antennas are modeled using our Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) simulator. The beam steering antenna will be capable of more than 60° scanning angles and the frequency switching antenna can operate at 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz for WLAN applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 January 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6035, Microelectronics: Design, Technology, and Packaging II, 60351Y (5 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.639015
Show Author Affiliations
Thermpon Ativanichayaphong, Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Ying Cai, Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Jianqun Wang, Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Mu Chiao, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
J.-C. Chiao, Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6035:
Microelectronics: Design, Technology, and Packaging II
Alex J. Hariz, Editor(s)

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