A Planar Low-Profile Meander Antenna Design for Wireless Terminal Achieving Low RF Interference and High Isolation in Multi-Antenna Systems


In this article, a meander line internal antenna used for wireless terminal is proposed. The current of this antenna is mostly distributed on the antenna radiator itself, rather than on the main board of the wireless device. As a result, the chance of having radio-frequency (RF) interference issues, which usually result in receiver desensitization in wireless radios, can be significantly reduced. The antenna has good radiation performance in the vertical polarization with a low physical profile, compared with the existing antenna designs for typical wireless terminals. The antenna has efficiency similar to the monopole antenna with much less reference/ground plane dependence, achieving lower RF interference, which is demonstrated by the noise coupling measurements in a predefined digital clock - antenna configuration. Furthermore, the mutual coupling (i.e., isolation) between two such antennas is studied and the envelope correlation coefficient between the two antennas is found to be low. A router assembled with the two proposed antennas is tested, and the total isotropic sensitivity is found lower compared with monopole antennas, due to the characteristics of low RF interference and high isolation of the proposed antenna.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Early Access


This work was supported in part by Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province of China under Grant 2021JJ30143, and in part by Changsha Municipal Natural Science Foundation under Grant kq2007034.

Keywords and Phrases

Antenna arrays; Antenna measurements; Antennas; Electromagnetic interference; Envelop correlation coefficient (ECC); isolation; low profile; planar meander antenna; Radio frequency; radio-frequency (RF) interference; receiver desensitization; Receiving antennas; reference/ground plane dependence; vertical polarization; Wireless communication; wireless terminal

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1558-187X; 0018-9375

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Article - Journal

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Publication Date

13 Jan 2022