A Cost-Effective Transition between a Microstrip Line and a Post-Wall Waveguide Using a Laminated LTCC Substrate in 60-GHz Band

Takafumi KAI  Jiro HIROKAWA  Makoto ANDO  Hiroshi NAKANO  Yasutake HIRACHI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E90-C   No.4   pp.907-910
Publication Date: 2007/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1093/ietele/e90-c.4.907
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Microwaves, Millimeter-Waves
Keyword: 
coaxial,  post-wall waveguide,  microstrip line,  millimeter-wave band,  LTCC,  

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Summary: 
Transitions between a post-wall waveguide and a microstrip line are proposed as the key components for cost-effective millimeter-wave modules. A transition with a coaxial structure is investigated for LTCC laminated layers and 11.3% bandwidth for the reflection smaller than -15 dB is realized in 60 GHz band. The overall connector loss with 1 cm post-wall would be about 0.8 dB. The degradation due to fabrication error is also assessed. The transition in LTCC substrate fulfills electrical and manufacturing demands in millimeter-wave bands.