Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

A Reconfigurable Antenna Array (RAA) integrated with RF Switches

08.11.2013
The recent rapid development of wireless communication systems has created a strong need for the development of new antenna structures. The research described in this project introduces the concept of reconfigurable antennas with switching beam control, operable at 5.8 GHz.

Reconfigurable antennas are very attractive for modern wireless communications because they allow the use of a single antenna for multiple systems. The research described in this project introduces the concept of reconfigurable antennas with switching beam control, operable at 5.8 GHz.

In this project, a new reconfigurable antenna design was proposed; namely a Reconfigurable Antenna Array (RAA). In the RAA configuration, the behavior of the reconfigurable multiple element linear antenna array system has been investigated with respect to the beam shaping characteristics. Two different beam patterns were achieved by reconfigure the number of patches element.

RAA for different area coverage

A completed project led by Mohd Tarmizi from Universiti Teknologi MARA presented a reconfigurable multiple element micro strip rectangular linear array antennas integrated with radio frequency (RF) switches. Reconfigurable beam shaping is ideal for the detection of small and large targets at both short and long ranges, including where the antenna is mounted on a high tower or hillside. “Reconfigurable antennas have been applied to many military and mobile communication applications where it is necessary to have a single antenna that can be dynamically reconfigured to transmit or receive on same or multiple frequency bands”, says Tarmizi. The development of a new and innovative antenna design is proposed which integrates RF switches to implement beam control in a reconfigurable antenna.

Antenna Design

The team had to involve antenna design, fabrication and measurement in order to develop the optimum type of antenna. The objectives of the project were to study, design and fabricate an innovative RAA with respect of control of beam shape characteristics at a resonant frequency of 5.8GHz. Also to develop and design a Programmable Interface Controller (PIC) power microcontroller circuits that can be used to supply the DC voltage to activate the PIN Diode switch circuits. The simulated and measured results are presented and compared, to demonstrate the performance of the proposed antennas.

The team eventually succeeded in getting a simulation data to demonstrate the concepts of a reconfigurable number of elements that produced broadened beam and narrowed beam radiating pattern characteristics. By using a modified Wilkinson Power Divider (WPD) in the antenna structure, a better performance in terms of return loss was produced. This design solves some of the problems of the original Wilkinson power divider design. The addition of transmission lines in between two quarter-wave transformer arms has been shown to absorb an unwanted wave generated due to mismatch at the switches.

This research has taken advantage of the techniques of flexibly manipulating the number of elements by applying it to the problem of a reconfigurable multiple beam array combination. The reconfigurable dual-beam antenna pattern at fixed frequencies across the entire 5.7-5.9 GHz band is presented as showing excellent radiation patterns. The measured results illustrate that the radiation pattern characteristic of the antenna has been tuned efficiently. Since its structure is symmetrical around the centre, the pattern obtained is directed to è0. The reconfiguration of radiation patterns for four- and eight-element structures at 3 dB half power produced a beamwidth (HPBW) of 290 degrees and 210 degrees respectively. Meanwhile the return losses for both structures were -20.57 dB. The comparison of gain between both reconfigurable modes can be observed from the results: the eight-element mode had 2 dB to 3 dB higher gain compared to the four-element mode. It shows clearly that when the numbers of elements are increased, the beamwidth becomes narrower with lower sidelobe and higher magnitude.

In order to miniature the size of antenna design, the team has been plans to apply a Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) substrate to replace with current substrate board in the near future.

Contact details of lead researcher(s)

Dr Mohd Tarmizi Ali, Dr Azita Laily and Dr Norsuzila Ya’acob
Microwave Technology Centre (MTC)
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
Email: mizi732002@salam.uitm.edu.my

Darmarajah Nadarajah | Research asia research news
Further information:
http://www.uitm.edu.my
http://www.researchsea.com

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht New software speeds origami structure designs
12.10.2017 | Georgia Institute of Technology

nachricht Seeing the next dimension of computer chips
11.10.2017 | Osaka University

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Neutron star merger directly observed for the first time

University of Maryland researchers contribute to historic detection of gravitational waves and light created by event

On August 17, 2017, at 12:41:04 UTC, scientists made the first direct observation of a merger between two neutron stars--the dense, collapsed cores that remain...

Im Focus: Breaking: the first light from two neutron stars merging

Seven new papers describe the first-ever detection of light from a gravitational wave source. The event, caused by two neutron stars colliding and merging together, was dubbed GW170817 because it sent ripples through space-time that reached Earth on 2017 August 17. Around the world, hundreds of excited astronomers mobilized quickly and were able to observe the event using numerous telescopes, providing a wealth of new data.

Previous detections of gravitational waves have all involved the merger of two black holes, a feat that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics earlier this month....

Im Focus: Smart sensors for efficient processes

Material defects in end products can quickly result in failures in many areas of industry, and have a massive impact on the safe use of their products. This is why, in the field of quality assurance, intelligent, nondestructive sensor systems play a key role. They allow testing components and parts in a rapid and cost-efficient manner without destroying the actual product or changing its surface. Experts from the Fraunhofer IZFP in Saarbrücken will be presenting two exhibits at the Blechexpo in Stuttgart from 7–10 November 2017 that allow fast, reliable, and automated characterization of materials and detection of defects (Hall 5, Booth 5306).

When quality testing uses time-consuming destructive test methods, it can result in enormous costs due to damaging or destroying the products. And given that...

Im Focus: Cold molecules on collision course

Using a new cooling technique MPQ scientists succeed at observing collisions in a dense beam of cold and slow dipolar molecules.

How do chemical reactions proceed at extremely low temperatures? The answer requires the investigation of molecular samples that are cold, dense, and slow at...

Im Focus: Shrinking the proton again!

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, using high precision laser spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen, confirm the surprisingly small value of the proton radius determined from muonic hydrogen.

It was one of the breakthroughs of the year 2010: Laser spectroscopy of muonic hydrogen resulted in a value for the proton charge radius that was significantly...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ASEAN Member States discuss the future role of renewable energy

17.10.2017 | Event News

World Health Summit 2017: International experts set the course for the future of Global Health

10.10.2017 | Event News

Climate Engineering Conference 2017 Opens in Berlin

10.10.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Ocean atmosphere rife with microbes

17.10.2017 | Life Sciences

Neutrons observe vitamin B6-dependent enzyme activity useful for drug development

17.10.2017 | Life Sciences

NASA finds newly formed tropical storm lan over open waters

17.10.2017 | Earth Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>