DOI: 10.3390/electronics13010166 ISSN: 2079-9292

A Miniaturized Bandpass Filter with Wideband and High Stopband Rejection Using LTCC Technology

Yue Ma, Qifei Du, Wei Zhang, Cheng Liu, Hao Zhang
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing
  • Control and Systems Engineering

This paper designs an L-band wide stopband bandpass filter by applying low-temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) technology to the global positioning system (GPS) frequency band. Taking the Chebyshev filter as a prototype, an equivalent collector element (capacitive and inductor) structure is adopted to fully use the three-dimensional package structure of LTCC to reduce the filter size. The filter is integrated into an eight-layer LTCC dielectric, and the series–parallel connection of the collector elements in the resonance unit is utilized to produce out-of-band transmission zeros, while the input and output ports’ capacitance is adjusted to control the bandwidth. Harmonic suppression is achieved by cascading two new compact stopband filters, while the size increase is insignificant due to LTCC technology. The simulation results are as follows: the center frequency is 1.575 GHz, 1 dB relative bandwidth is 6.3%, insertion loss in the passband is as slight as 1.6 dB, return loss is better than 30 dB, rejection bandwidth up to 16 GHz is more than 44 dB, and the volume of the whole filter is 6.2 × 3.7 × 0.78 mm3.

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