On-chip integrated antenna structures in CMOS for 60 GHz WPAN systems

Felix Gutierrez, Shatam Agarwal, Kristen Parrish, Theodore S. Rappaport

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This paper presents several on-chip antenna structures that may be fabricated with standard CMOS technology for use at millimeter wave frequencies. On-chip antennas for wireless personal area networks (WPANs) promise to reduce interconnection losses and greatly reduce wireless transceiver costs, while providing unprecedented flexibility for device manufacturers. This paper presents the current state of research in on-chip integrated antennas, highlights several pitfalls and challenges for on-chip design, modeling, and measurement, and proposes several antenna structures that derive from the microwave microstrip and amateur radio art. This paper also describes an experimental test apparatus for performing measurements on RFIC systems with on-chip antennas developed at The University of Texas at Austin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5262293
Pages (from-to)1367-1378
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • 60 GHz
  • CMOS
  • Millimeter wave
  • On-chip antenna
  • Passive radiating elements
  • RFIC
  • WPAN
  • mmWave communications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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