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The design and characterization of a new broadband small patch antenna, based on an innovative magneto-dielectric material and suitable for wearable applications at 868 MHz, is presented. To reduce antenna dimensions, while preserving its radiation and matching performance, a barium-strontium hexaferrite Ba0.75Sr0.25Fe12O19 has been synthesized as the antenna substrate to achieve magnetic permeability double than vacuum in the band of interest. First material realization is characterized and dispersive permittivity and permeability behaviors are included in the design of a small patch antenna with a shorting-plate. A button-size realization is obtained and its suitability for wearable applications is numerically and experimentally demonstrated on body with and without the presence of conductive shielding. Very good agreement with measurements is demonstrated for both matching and radiation performance of the antenna.
The paper outlines an exhaustive computer-aided design (CAD) procedure for the circuit-level simulation of entire multi-input multi-output (MIMO) links. The multiple transmitting and receiving antennas are treated as multiport radiating systems characterized by electromagnetic (EM) analysis. The effects of mutual couplings in terms of the frequency-dependent near-field and far-field performance of each element are accounted for in a straightforward and rigorous way. The set of transmitters is treated as a unique non-linear system loaded by the multiport antenna, and is analyzed by non-linear circuit techniques. The same is done for the set of receivers. In order to establish the connection between transmitters and receivers, the radiated far-field is evaluated by EM analysis, and the field incident on each receiver antenna is computed by extending to the MIMO case an available ray tracing technique. EM theory is then used to describe the receiving array as a linear active multiport network. This technique allows analysis of several MIMO systems, exploiting different array element spatial locations and frequencies of operation in a straightforward and automatic way. Bit error rate (BER) computation and minimization are demonstrated at the circuit level.
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