Concentrated ground plane booster antenna technology for multiband operation in handset devices

Cristina Picher, Jaume Anguera, Aurora Andújar, Carles Puente, Adrián Bujalance

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    The current demand in the handset antenna field requires multiband antennas due to the existence of multiple communication standards and the emergence of new ones. At the same time, antennas with reduced dimensions are strongly required in order to be easily integrated. In this sense, the paper proposes a compact radiating system that uses two non-resonant elements to properly excite the ground plane to solve the abovementioned shortcomings by minimizing the required Printed Circuit Board (PCB) area while ensuring a multiband performance. These non-resonant elements are called here ground plane boosters since they excite an efficient mode of the ground plane. The proposed radiating system comprises two ground plane boosters of small dimensions of 5 mm x 5 mm x 5 mm. One is in charge of the low frequency region (from 0.824 GHz to 0.960 GHz) and the other is in charge of the high frequency region (1.710 GHz-2.170 GHz). With the aim of achieving a compact configuration, the two boosters are placed close to each other in a corner of the ground plane of a handset device (concentrated architecture). Several experiments related to the coupling between boosters have been carried out in two different platforms (barphone and smartphone), and the best position and the required matching network are presented. The novel proposal achieves multiband performance at GSM850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1061-1070
    Number of pages10
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Ground plane modes
    • Handset antennas
    • Multi-band
    • Non-resonant antennas


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