TY - PAT

T1 - Efficient wideband phased antenna array using true time delays and interpolation

AU - Baltus, P.G.M.

AU - Matters - Kammerer, M.

AU - Koonen, A.M.J.

AU - Wang, B.

PY - 2018/11/29

Y1 - 2018/11/29

N2 - A wireless front-end includes a phased antenna array [400], a weighting factor computation circuit [434], and hybrid time delays including a set of variable true time delays [420,422] and a set of phase-shifting interpolators [418] that interpolate between the true time delays using weighting factors computed by the weighting factor computation circuit [434], where the weighting factor computation circuit uses non-orthogonal base vectors to compute the weighting factors. The phase-shifting interpolators [418] may be implemented using signal splitters [410], weighting multipliers [412], and signal combiners [414]. The weighting multipliers [412] may be implemented using variable gain amplifiers, variable attenuators, or switched resistor networks. The number of variable true time delays [420,422] is preferably less than half the number of antenna elements in the phased antenna array [400]. In the case were the phased antenna array is a linear array, the number of variable true time delays may be just one. In the case where the phased antenna array is a 2-dimensional array, the number of variable true time delays may be just two, but preferably three.

AB - A wireless front-end includes a phased antenna array [400], a weighting factor computation circuit [434], and hybrid time delays including a set of variable true time delays [420,422] and a set of phase-shifting interpolators [418] that interpolate between the true time delays using weighting factors computed by the weighting factor computation circuit [434], where the weighting factor computation circuit uses non-orthogonal base vectors to compute the weighting factors. The phase-shifting interpolators [418] may be implemented using signal splitters [410], weighting multipliers [412], and signal combiners [414]. The weighting multipliers [412] may be implemented using variable gain amplifiers, variable attenuators, or switched resistor networks. The number of variable true time delays [420,422] is preferably less than half the number of antenna elements in the phased antenna array [400]. In the case were the phased antenna array is a linear array, the number of variable true time delays may be just one. In the case where the phased antenna array is a 2-dimensional array, the number of variable true time delays may be just two, but preferably three.

KW - Millimeter-Wave

KW - phased array

KW - Wireless communication

KW - interpolation

KW - delay

M3 - Patent publication

M1 - WO2018215647

ER -