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Automotive Antenna Design and Applications

1st Edition

By Victor Rabinovich, Nikolai Alexandrov, Basim Alkhateeb

CRC Press

330 pages | 265 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2010-03-18
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The steady evolution of wireless communication technologies continues to pave the way for the implementation of innovative services and devices in modern vehicles. These include analog and digital audio broadcasting radio, satellite radio, GPS, cell phones, and short range communication devices. Such applications require the use multiple antennas operating in different frequency ranges.

Automotive Antenna Design and Applications thoroughly examines traditional and new advanced automotive antennas, including the principles, designs, and techniques used to reduce antenna dimensions without significant degradation of communication quality. The contents of this book are based on cutting-edge data collected from numerous technical papers, patents, and patent applications. It presents an overview of many commercially available automotive antennas and covers features that have become standard in automotive applications, such as printed-on car glass antennas, reduced-size helical antennas, multiband compact, printed-on dielectric and patch designs in a single package.

Includes simulation examples of antenna parameters that significantly speed up the design process using software packages such as FEKO, NEC, IE3D, and Genesys

Highlighting the practical aspects of antenna design, the authors present passive and active designs and describe the entire design process, including antenna simulation, prototype sample fabrication, and laboratory test measurements. The book also covers the production adjustments that can result from the demands of the real car environment. The presentation of numerous examples of passive and active automotive antennas greatly enhances this reference’s value to professionals, students, and anyone else working in the ever-evolving field of antenna design and application.

Table of Contents

Automotive Antennas Overview: Patents, Papers, and Products

AM/FM Antenna Systems

Cellular Phone Antennas

Car TV Antennas

Satellite Radio Antennas

GPS Antenna Systems

Antennas for Short Range Communications

Thin Film Antennas

Digital Audio Broadcasting Design

Automotive Radar Antenna Systems

Antenna Packaging Issues


Basic Antenna Parameters and Definitions

Far Zone and Radiation Pattern

Polarization and Radiation Pattern Measurements

Directivity, Gain, Average Gain, and Antenna Beamwidth

Impedance, Voltage Standing Wave Ratio, Bandwidth, and Quality Factor

Impedance Matching Between Antenna and Car Receiver

Electrically Small Antennas

Radio Frequency Cables and Connectors

Notes on Decibels

Converting Field Strength to Power

Active and Diversity Receiving Antenna Systems

Signal and Noise Analysis of Active Antenna

Low Noise Amplifier Parameters

Active Antenna Gain

Low Noise Amplifiers for Electrically Small Antennas

Diversity Techniques

Audio Broadcasting Antennas

AM/FM Whip Antenna

Printed-on-Glass AM/FM Antennas

Short Roof AM/FM Antenna

Short Meander Antenna

Diversity FM Antennas

Antennas for Digital Audio Broadcasting

Cellular Antennas

Single Band Monopole on Roof

Glass Mounted Monopole

Dual-Band Monopole


Compact Printed Circuit Board Antennas

Dual-Band Inverted F Design

Rear View Mirror Mount

Bumper Installation

Combined FM/PCS Design

Integrated AM/FM/AMPS/PCS Design

Integrated PCS/RKE Design

Cellular Diversity Systems

TV Antennas for Cars

Satellite TV Antennas

Antennas for Digital Terrestrial TV

Printed-on-Glass Patent Examples

Bumper Diversity System

Compact Mast Monopole

Satellite Radio Antennas

Basic Passive Antenna Requirements

System with Two Antenna Elements

System with Single Patch Antenna Element

Simplified Engineering Formulas for Rectangular Passive Patch Parameters

Simulated Example of SDARS Patch

Commercially Available Passive Elements

Vertical Polarization Gain of Patch Antenna at Horizon Angle Direction

Ground Size Effects

On-Vehicle Antenna Location

Compact Dual-Polarized Antenna

Low Profile Cross Slot Antenna for SDARS Application

Glass Mount System

XM Truck Antenna

Active Design

Commercially Available Modules

SDARS Parameter Measurements

Diversity Circuits

GPS Antennas

Typical GPS Antenna Parameters

Patch Parameters and Ground Plane Size

On-Vehicle GPS Antenna Measurements

Circular Annular Ring Microstrip Antenna

Dual-Band GPS Antenna

Tri-Band Applications

Amplifier Circuit for Active Design

Combined GPS and Cellular Phone Systems

Combined GPS and SDARS Antenna System

Microstrip Antenna for GPS and DCS Applications

Integrated GPS/PCS/RKES System

Car Location Options

Diversity Antennas for GPS Applications

Antennas for Short Range Communication

Compact Planar Passive Antenna

Symmetrical and Asymmetrical 315 MHz Meander Line Printed on Dielectric Board

Considerations for Small Antennas

Active Meander Line Antenna Implementation for 315 MHz

Example of 433.9 MHz Antenna

Alternative Antenna Systems for Short Range Communication

Maximum Detection Range of RKE/RSE System

Effects of Auto Electronic Components on Communication Range

Signal and Noise Measurements for Antenna/Receiver Combination

Compact Diversity Antenna System for Remote Control Applications

Compact Antennas: Literature and Patent Review

Meander Line Antennas for Multifrequency Applications

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications