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In this paper, a low-cost integrated 60-GHz switched-beam smart antenna subsystem is studied and demonstrated experimentally for the first time based on almost all 60-GHz substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) components including a slot antenna, 4×4 Butler matrix network, bandpass filter, sub-harmonically pumped mixer, and local oscillator (LO) source. In this study, an antenna array, a Butler matrix, and a bandpass filter are integrated and fabricated into one single substrate. Instead of using a 60-GHz LO source, a 30-GHz LO source is developed to drive a low-cost 60-GHz sub-harmonically pumped mixer. This 30-GHz LO circuit consists of 10-GHz SIW voltage-controlled oscillator and frequency tripler. Following the frequency down-conversion of four 60-GHz signals coming from the 4×4 Butler matrix and a comparison of the four IF signals executed in the digital processor based on the maximum received power criterion, control signals will be feed-backed to drive the single-pole four-throw switch array and then the beam is tuned in order to point toward the main beam of the transmit antenna. In this way, the arriving 60-GHz RF signal can be tracked effectively. All designed components are verified experimentally. The proposed smart receiver subsystem that integrates all those front-end components is concluded with satisfactory measured results.
Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:60 , Issue: 4 )
Date of Publication: April 2012