Ultra wideband antennas - past and present

Eng Gee Lim*, Zhao Wang, Chi Un Lei, Yuanzhe Wang, K. L. Man

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Since the release by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of a bandwidth of 7.5GHz (from 3.1GHz to 10.6GHz) for ultra wideband (UWB) wireless communications, UWB is rapidly advancing as a high data rate wireless communication technology. As is the case in conventional wireless communication systems, an antenna also plays a very crucial role in UWB systems. However, there are more challenges in designing a UWB antenna than a narrow band one. A suitable UWB antenna should be capable of operating over an ultra wide bandwidth as allocated by the FCC. At the same time, satisfactory radiation properties over the entire frequency range are also necessary. This paper focuses on UWB planar printed circuit board (PCB) antenna design and analysis. Studies have been undertaken covering the areas of UWB fundamentals and antenna theory. Extensive investigations were also carried out on the development of UWB antennas from the past to present. First, the planar PCB antenna designs for UWB system is introduced and described. Next, the special design considerations for UWB antennas are summarized. State-of-the-art UWB antennas are also reviewed. Finally, a new concept for the design of a UWB antenna with a bandwidth ranging from 2GHz-11.3GHz is introduced, which satisfies the system requirements for S-DMB, WiBro, WLAN, CMMB and the entire UWB.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIAENG International Journal of Computer Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


  • Planar PCB antenna and bandwidth
  • Ultra wideband

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