A Design of Compact Radial Line Slot Array (RLSA) Antennas for Wi-Fi Market Needs
Imran Mohd Ibrahim
This paper proposes a compact Radial Line Slot Array (RLSA) antenna for 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi devices, which meets market needs. Various small RLSA antenna models with radius of 140 mm, were designed using extreme beamsquint technique. The models then were simulated to result in a best model. A prototype of the best model was then fabricated and measured to verify the simulation. The measured parameters are: a gain of 18 dBi, bandwidth of 1 GHz, beamwidth of 20˚, and mainlobe to sidelobe ratio of 15 dB, which meet antenna specifications for market needs. The prototype was tested as an antenna for a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) device in order to show its performance. The test showed that the prototype worked properly. Lastly, we compared the size of the prototype with the average size of various antennas available in markets. We found that the prototype had the advantage of small size and flat, with similar performance.