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A Software Defined MEMS-Reconfigurable PIXEL-Antenna for Narrowband MIMO Systems

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4 Author(s)
Grau, A. ; Univ. of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA ; Romeu, J. ; Jofre, L. ; De Flaviis, F.

In this paper we propose a software defined highly multifunctional pixeled antenna for narrowband multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) wireless communication systems, that uses micro electromechanical switches (MEMS) to reconfigure its radiation modes and operating frequency. These capabilities can be used to improve the performance of current narrowband communication systems and also to fit some of the requirements needed by software defined radio architectures. The radiation characteristics and return loss response of the present structure are presented.

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Adaptive Hardware and Systems, 2008. AHS '08. NASA/ESA Conference on

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22-25 June 2008