The conventional full-duplex radio communication systems require that the radio transmitter (Tx) is active at the same time as the radio receiver (Rx). The Tx and the Rx are using separate dedicated frequency bands and the Tx-Rx isolation is ensured by duplex filters. However, increasing number of frequency bands crave for multiband and multimode operation, which either require agile duplexers or a bank of narrow-band filters with a switch. While practical agile duplexers are not available, a bank of narrow-band filters with a switch is bulky and incurs switching loss. This paper proposes an approach that separates the Tx and Rx chain throughout the front end (FE). The complexity of the FE is reduced dramatically by replacing the duplex filters with tunable filters and closely integrating the tunable antennas in the FE, providing filtering which can be used to lower requirements for the tunable filters. For this purpose, very small narrow-band antennas are designed, which can cover 1710–2170 MHz by using tunable capacitors. Simulations and measurements of the antenna concept are carried out in the proposed FE architecture, serving as a proof of concept.
I E E E Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 2014, Vol 62, Issue 9, p. 4554-4563