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Electronically Reconfigurable Microwave Bandpass Filter

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2 Author(s)
Peng Wong ; Sch. of Electron. & Electr. Eng., Univ. of Leeds, Leeds, UK ; Hunter, I.C.

A new class of reconfigurable bandpass filter based on parallel-coupled switched delay line approach is presented in this paper. The approach allows both center frequency and passband bandwidth to be reconfigured electronically. In contrast to conventional approach, the effects of the switch losses are relatively insignificant and can be treated as an auxiliary effect and therefore the filter has low passband loss. Despite the loss performance, the filter provides excellent linearity performance with large power handling capability. Theoretical analysis is presented and the feasibility of the approach has been experimentally verified with microstrip circuit prototypes. The first filter prototype provides narrowband quasi-elliptic filter response with constant bandwidth (50-MHz) tuning across 45% tuning range. The minimum stopband rejection level is 45 dB. The second filter possesses passband-width 3:1 ratio tunability. The third filter provides both functionalities which allow center frequency and passband bandwidth to be reconfigured. All filters have a < 4-dB passband loss with an OIP3 of >20 dBm and are immune from power saturation effect. The measured results demonstrate improved performance in terms of linear and nonlinear characteristic compared with prior works.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 12 )