A chip-type low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) multilayer ceramic (MLC) balun is presented in this paper. This balun is designed using the stepped impedance method. It uses a multilayer structure, meander lines, and multisection coupled lines. The use of multisection couple lines that have various characteristic impedance ratios can shrink the length of a quarter-wavelength coupled-transmission line and makes it very easy to match various impedances of balanced output. The proposed chip-type balun operates over a bandwidth of 2.25-2.65 GHz. The in-band phase and amplitude balances are excellent because of the symmetric structure and transmission-line trimming section. Measured results of the chip-type LTCC-MLC balun match well with the computer simulation.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 2001|
- Chip-type component
- Multisection coupled lines
- Stepped impedance method