Quad-Band Dual-Layer Microstrip Antenna Design for Mobile Handset

Gada Mahmood Faisal, Kaydar Majeed Quboa, Dia Mohamad Ali

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Quad-Band Dual-Layer Microstrip Antenna Design for Mobile Handset

Gada Mahmood Faisal1, Kaydar Majeed Quboa1, Dia Mohamad Ali2,

1Elec. & Com. Dept, College of Engineering, Mosul University, Mosul /Iraq

2Com. Dept, College of Electronic Engineering, Mosul University, Mosul /Iraq


Due to the rapid acceleration and evolution of the wireless communication and their equipment, integrating more services in the personal devices, Personal Digital Assistance (PDA) devices has to work in multi-band frequencies. In this paper, a quad-band, dual-layer Microstrip Antenna was proposed. The proposed antenna is suggested to be used in a mobile phone handset that covers four frequency bands which include GSM 900 (889-960), GSM 1800 DCS 1800 (1710-1885)W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access); IMT 2000 (International Mobile Telecommunication)1885-2200, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi/WLAN (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) ISM 2450 (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) (2400-2500). The antenna is fixed on a printed circuit board together with a standard mobile battery and LCD. All other components were packed in a mobile phone handset plastic cover. An extensive analysis of the return loss, radiation pattern, and gain of the designed antenna with and without cover were presented. Packing effects on the antenna parameters were studied, the proposed antenna shows return loss (RL) of -16 dB at 0.92 GHz; -20 dB RL at 1.735 GHz; -37 dB RL at 2.1 GHz; and -16 dB RL at 2.42 GHz which are encouraging results. Designing and simulation of the proposed antenna were based on CST software package.

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  • Faisal, Gada Mahmood, Kaydar Majeed Quboa, and Dia Mohamad Ali. "Quad-Band Dual-Layer Microstrip Antenna Design for Mobile Handset." American Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2.2 (2014): 51-56.
  • Faisal, G. M. , Quboa, K. M. , & Ali, D. M. (2014). Quad-Band Dual-Layer Microstrip Antenna Design for Mobile Handset. American Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 2(2), 51-56.
  • Faisal, Gada Mahmood, Kaydar Majeed Quboa, and Dia Mohamad Ali. "Quad-Band Dual-Layer Microstrip Antenna Design for Mobile Handset." American Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2, no. 2 (2014): 51-56.

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1. Introduction

Microstrip radiators were first proposed as early as 1953 while the first actual microstrip antenna appeared in 1974 [1]. Microstrip patch antennas (MPAs) consist basically of three layers: metallic layer with antenna radiating patch, dielectric substrate and another metallic layer as the ground plane [2]. The light weight, low cost, low profile, planner configuration and easy in fabrication are the main advantages of MPA which enable it to be used with microwave integrated circuits. In spite of these advantages, MPAs suffer from low gain and relatively large size [3, 4].

Due to the development in the field of wireless network and mobile communication, many researches started to develop multi-band MPAs to cover the bands of GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, UMTS, Bluetooth, WLAN… etc. Singh et al. [5] designed a conventional rectangular MPA with Ψ-shaped structure suitable to work in two different frequency bands. Chakraborty et al. [6], designed a single feed compact rectangular MPA for quad-band applications using four L-shaped slot structure along the length of the patch. Barun [7], designed a single feed quad-band compact rectangular MPA with L slot on the edge of the patch with size reduction as compared to a conventional MPA. Veereshappa and Mulgi [8], designed a slotted rectangular MPA for quad-band operation and ominidiretional radiation characteristics. Jayasinghe et al. [9], designed a small multi-band MPA for GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, UMTS, LTE 2300, and Bluetooth applications using a genetic algorithm. Puri and Tiary [10], designed a simple single layer, single feed triangular slot patch antenna with air dielectric substrate for quad-band frequency operation in different wireless applications. Mendha and Kosta [11], designed and simulated a stacked 3-layer rectangular Ultra Wide Band antenna. AL Noman et al. [12], designed a single layer single feed miniaturized MPA for multi services using multi layers separated by dielectric substrates. Kharade and Patil [13], enhanced the gain of the MPA using multi-layer and multi-dielectric layers separated from patch by air as another dielectric. Sayidmarie et al. [14], designed a compact dual-band; dual ring printed monopole antenna for WLAN applications. Wang et al. [15], designed two broad bands MPA using planer line feed to enhance band width by 25%. AL Mously [16], designed a triple-band; multi-layer patch antenna for 0.9, 1.8 and 2.4 GHz frequency bands.

2. Design Methodolgy

Different methods can be used in the design of multi-band Microstrip antennas. These include single short pin loaded between ground plane and patch, slot-loaded on patch, stacked multi-resonator rectangular patches on thick substrate. Other types such as single feed dual-band using higher order modes of the circular microstrip antenna (CMSA) and triangular microstrip antenna (TMSA) are out of our scope.

In this paper, three of those methods were hybridized to design a quad-band multi-layer Microstrip antenna. The first step is to design a single layer conventional MPA using single feeder. The second step is to stack a parasitic patch on the top of the active patch separated by different dielectric substrate which will increase the required bandwidth. The third step is to add a single short pin at a suitable distance from the center of the patch to add the higher frequency bands with the aid of shifting feeding point. The required quad-band is:

•  1st-band centered at fr1 = 0.92 GHz.

•  2nd-band centered at fr2 = 1.73 GHz.

•  3rd-band centered at fr3 = 2.10 GHz.

•  4th-band centered at fr4 = 2.42 GHz.

Step 1: Patch Antenna Design

The antenna design starts with a conventional microstrip antenna MPA1 as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Conventional MPA1 (a)-Side view, (b)-xy cross section

The basic form of a MPA which consists of active radiating patch on one side of a dielectric substrate and a ground plane on the other side the coaxial feed technique is chosen because the feed can be placed at the desired location inside the patch to match its impedance.

The well-known equations used in calculating dimension of this step are listed in Table 1.

where c is the speed of the light, W & L are width and length of patch and εr is the relative dielectric constant of the substrate.

The antenna is fed with a coaxial connecter modeled as a standard SMA connector with the following specifications [19]:

•  Radius of inner conductor = 0.62 mm.

•  Radius of insulator = 2.3 mm.

•  Radius of outer conductor = 2.64 mm.

•  εr of insulator (Teflon-lossy) = 2.1.

•  Length underground plane = 2.1 mm.

Step 2: Adding a Parasitic Patch

Adding the parasitic patch will increase the bandwidth of the MPA1 antenna with more than 15%.

Step 3: Adding the Shorting Pin and Shifting the Feeding Point

Adding the short pin to MPA1 and shifting the feeding point to a proper location will lead to the proposed quad-band MPA shown in Figure 2 with specifications and dimensions as given in Table 2.


W1, L1, and h1 are the active patch dimension in mm;

W2, L2, and h2 are the parasitic patch dimension in mm;

εr1 is the relative dielectric constant of the substrate #1;

εr2 is the relative dielectric constant of the substrate #2;

(xs, ys) is the coordination of the added short pin in mm.

The overall antenna structure is shown in Figure 2. The shorting pin locates at (7.6,0) mm and the feeder at (8,-9) mm.

Figure 2. MPA antenna structure: (a) - Layers details, (b) - Top view, and (c) - Connector details

3. Simulation Results

The proposed quad-band MPA shown in Figure 2 was simulated using CST software package [20]. The detailed return loss (RL) of the final quad-band MPA is shown in Figure 3.

The percent bandwidth (Bw) is calculated using the following equation [21]:

Where fh and fl are the upper and lower cutoff frequencies of the band respectively at a reference return loss of -10 dB and fc is the center frequency of the assigned band. The RL, bandwidth and voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) of each band with its center frequency (resonance frequency) are given in Table 3.

The input impedance of the proposed quad-band MPA is investigated as a function of frequency for both real and imaginary parts of antenna’s impedance as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4. (a) Real part of MPA impedance, (b) Imaginary part of MPA impedance

The input impedance at the resonance frequencies which satisfied the VSWR condition are given in Table 4.

Table 4 meets the results obtained from drawing the input impedance using Smith chart. As shown in Figure 5, the normalized input impedance approaches the unity (matching point) at four different frequencies. It is clear that these frequencies matched with the VSWR values in Table 3.

4. Antenna Packing

The designed quad-band MPA antenna has been assembled on printed circuit board (PCB), with a standard mobile battery, LCD monitor and all are placed in a plastic cover with air gap surrounding all components as shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6. (a) MPA on PCB, (b) MPA on PCB and battery, (c) PCB on PCB battery, LCD monitor and cover

The physical dimensions of PCB, battery, LCD monitor & plastic cover are chosen to be as those of Samsung Galaxy 2 mobile handset as given in Table 5.

In order to evaluate the effect of the packing process, the packed mobile handset has been simulated using CST simulation software and the RL is investigated. The assembled components caused the resonance frequencies to be shifted as given in Table 6. It is clear from Table 6 that small changes in resonance frequencies (1.735 changed to 1.731 and 2.41 GHz changed to 2.42 GHz ) occurred.

It is worth noting that MPA is covered with a dielectric layer to protect it from the environment, or painted with dielectric paint. This dielectric layer may influence the characteristics of the antenna and cause a shift in resonance frequencies.

The return loss of the assembled quad-band MPA antenna with cover shown in Figure 6 is simulated and the result is shown in Figure 7.

The radiation patterns for E and H-plane of the proposed antenna with cover at frequencies 0.92 GHz, 1.731 GHz, 2.09 GHz and 2.41 GHz are shown at Figure 8. In CST software, the mode is chosen to be multi-mode operation which will help in choosing the proper mode for each operating frequency [22]. The radiation pattern of the proposed MPA with cover is shown in Figure 8.a in the mode TM13 at frequency of 0.92 GHz and in the mode TM11 for other frequencies.

Figure 8. The radiation pattern of the proposed MPA with cover at: (a) 0.92GHz, (b) 1.731GHz, (c) 2.098GHz, and (d) 2.41GHz

From the radiation pattern figure shown in Figure 8 the directivity for the resonance frequencies of the proposed quad-band MPA antenna with cover is given in Table 7.

Table 7. The directivity of quad-band MPA with cover

5. Conclusion

A single feed dual layer rectangular microstrip antenna with single short pin has been proposed. It is shown that the proposed quad-band antenna can operate effectively in four frequency bands in the frequency ranges of GSM (900 MHz), GSM (1800 MHz), IMT 2000 (885-2200), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (2400-2500). Four center frequencies are operating at: 920, 1735, 2098 & 2420 MHz. The bandwidth for each frequency was 22.4 MHz , 29.4 MHz , 40 MHz, and 25 MHz respectively. Maximum gain of the antenna is found to be about 4.39 dBi at 2.42 GHz. The location of the single short pin is optimized in such a way that the antenna can operate in four suitable bands. The antenna with the battery and LCD were fixed together on the printed circuit board and packed in a plastic cover. The dimensions of the designed antenna were 50 × 60 × 2.775 mm.

The proposed antenna characteristics such as return loos, radiation pattern and working bandwidth were acceptable. It is expected that the proposed MPA will be very useful for the future mobile systems and suitable for mobiles having a multi services such as Bluetooth, WIFI WIMAX and of course GSM or 3G services all together.


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