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This article describes a class of recently developed multiple-mode-resonator-based bandpass filters for ultra-wide-band (UWB) transmission systems. These filters have many attractive features, including a simple design, compact size, low loss and good linearity in the UWB, enhanced out-of-band rejection, and easy integration with other circuits/antennas. In this article, we present a variety of multiple-mode resonators with stepped-impedance or stub-loaded nonuniform configurations and analyze their properties based on the transmission line theory. Along with the frequency dispersion of parallel-coupled transmission lines, we design and implement various filter structures on planar, uniplanar, and hybrid transmission line geometries.
Date of Publication: April 2009