The limited coverage of wireless communication at the millimeter-wave frequency band due to large free-space path loss, i.e. large signal attenuation, has been a major problem. Furthermore, shadowing and small-scale fading may reduce the received signal even more. An array of rod antennas is designed to tackle those problems by providing high gain, broad scan range, and a shaped beam. Each patch, which couples the electromagnetic wave to the rod, is fed by a coplanar waveguide (CPW) feedline. Each rod antenna demonstrates 18 dBi realized gain and 20° half power beamwidth (HPBW). Moreover, the 4 GHz bandwidth of the antenna provides high data rate for the gigabit wireless application. Furthermore, the Radio Frequency Microelectromechanical System (RF MEMS) switch is used to realize a switched antenna with a broad scan range. The design method and the characterization of the antenna are presented. The proposed antenna system is suitable for a wide range of applications, such as wireless high definition video/audio, USB and firewire replacement, Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radar, and home/office backhaul application at millimeter-wave frequency.
|Award date||1 Dec 2011|
|Place of Publication||Eindhoven|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|