Double-Layer Plate-Laminated Waveguide Slot Array Antennas for a 39GHz Band Fixed Wireless Access System

Makoto ANDO

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E97-B    No.1    pp.122-128
Publication Date: 2014/01/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E97.B.122
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Antennas and Propagation
plate-laminated waveguide,  waveguide slot array,  double-layer,  partially-corporate feed,  diffusion bonding,  FWA system,  

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A point-to-point fixed wireless access (FWA) system with a maximum throughput of 1Gbps has been developed in the 39GHz band. A double-layer plate-laminated waveguide slot array antenna is successfully realized with specific considerations of practical application. The antenna is designed so as to hold the VSWR under 1.5. The antenna input as well as feeding network is configured to reduce the antenna profile as well as the antenna weight. In addition, integrating the antenna into a wireless terminal is taken into account. A shielding wall, whose effectiveness is experimentally demonstrated, is set in the middle of the wireless terminal to achieve the spatial isolation of more than 65dB between two antennas on the H-plane. 30 test antennas are fabricated by diffusion bonding of thin metal plates, to investigate the tolerance and mass-productivity of this process. An aluminum antenna, which has the advantages of light weight and anti-aging, is also fabricated and evaluated with an eye to the future.