April 2007 Issue: Technical Feature
A Varactor-tunable Filter with Constant Bandwidth and LossCompensation
This article presents the basic concept and realization of a bandpass varactor-tunable filter withconstant bandwidth and loss compensation. The filter components are based on step-impedance planar resonators, while the equalizing circuits of L- and T-types are lumped capacitances. The integration of the filter passive parts with a gain block is implemented to compensate for the insertion losses. Examples of practical realizations of two- and four-pole varactor-tunable filters in the 1.1 to 1.5 GHz frequency range are reported.
by B. Kapilevich
From: Vol. 50 l No. 4 |April 2007| Pg.106-114
Varactor-tunable filters attract the attention of microwave specialists due to a number of advantagesthat can improve the overall performance of communications and radar receivers, as well as measuringequipment. One of the drawbacks of such filters is a considerable variation in bandwidth (BW) andinsertion losses (IL) within the tuning range. The problem can be solved by the proper design of equalizing circuits, providing stabilization of these parameters. This article describes the basic conceptand realization of such an approach, when the filter components are using step-impedance resonatorsmatched by L- and T-types of equalizing elements. Since implementing additional equalizers leads toincreased insertion losses, a gain block, such as an LNA, is integrated with the passive filtering part tocompensate for the loss.
Basic Design Concept
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