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Liquid-crystal-based amplitude tuner and tunable SIW filter fabricated in LTCC technology

  • Ananto E. Prasetiadi (a1), Matthias Jost (a1), Baerbel Schulz (a2), Matthias Quibeldey (a3), Torsten Rabe (a2), Ruediger Follmann (a3) and Rolf Jakoby (a1)...

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Tunable microwave devices will play an important role in future wireless systems, in which high-frequency bands, e.g. millimeter waves, will become promising, due to its huge spectrum availability. At such frequency bands, liquid crystals (LCs) exhibit low microwave loss, which is excellent compared with the other tuning elements. In this paper, LC-based microwave components are fabricated by using low temperature co-fired ceramic technology, allowing the integration of the LC into microwave structures. The first component, the amplitude tuner, controls the signal's amplitude by using the interference concept, which exhibits a tunable attenuation range from 11 dB to 30 dB at 30 GHz. The second component is a 3-pole tunable bandpass filter, which is realized by using a substrate integrated waveguide topology, enabling a device with comparatively high-quality factors (Q-factors). The measurement results show Q-factors in the range of 68 to 100 for a frequency tuning of 29.4–30.1 GHz, i.e. a tuning range of 700 MHz, accompanied by an insertion loss 2 dB to 4 dB.

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Author for correspondence: Ananto Eka Prasetiadi, E-mail: ananto.prasetiadi@gmail.com

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Liquid-crystal-based amplitude tuner and tunable SIW filter fabricated in LTCC technology

  • Ananto E. Prasetiadi (a1), Matthias Jost (a1), Baerbel Schulz (a2), Matthias Quibeldey (a3), Torsten Rabe (a2), Ruediger Follmann (a3) and Rolf Jakoby (a1)...

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