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Wideband Filter - RF Cafe Forums

Because of the high maintenance needed to monitor and filter spammers from the RF Cafe Forums, I decided that it would be best to just archive the pages to make all the good information posted in the past available for review. It is unfortunate that the scumbags of the world ruin an otherwise useful venue for people wanting to exchanged useful ideas and views. It seems that the more formal social media like Facebook pretty much dominate this kind of venue anymore anyway, so if you would like to post something on RF Cafe's Facebook page, please do.

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Post subject: Wideband Filter Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:42 am


Joined: Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:26 am
Posts: 12
Can anyone tell me:

Why the Return Loss performance is poor in Wideband Filters?


Why is it difficult to get good Return Loss performance in Wideband Filters?


Post subject: Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:01 pm

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Location: Germany
Hi Antonio,

Wideband filters are those with a BW>10% of the center frequency

The reason for that is the same as why it is hard to design a wideband filter with low insertion loss. When you design a wideband filter, more resonators are required which increase the insertion loss and thus the return loss.


Post subject: Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:49 am


Joined: Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:26 am
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Hi IR,

Thanks for your reply..

Can you please explain it with the help of circuits? A circuit containing combination of L and C and some tank circuits.


Post subject: Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 12:16 pm

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Hi Antonio,

The following article mentions this issue. It describes distributed (printed) filters. The principle is the same for both distributed and lumped filters. ... 81-Fil.pdf


Post subject: Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:25 pm


Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:43 pm
Posts: 65
Location: Singapore
Hi Antonio,

I agree with the above posts.
But keep in mind that by adding more resonators, there will be more insertion loss resulted.
The difficulty in getting good Return Loss performance in Wideband Filters is somehow related to the Q concept.
It depends how good you want the performance is. The smaller insertion loss and the higher return loss require higher Q, which means it will give sharper response.

I hope it helps.


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