Multi-Function RF Components for Current and Future 5G Wireless Communications

Submission Deadline: 31 May 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Multi-Function RF Components for Current and Future 5G Wireless Communications.

With the increasing demand of wireless connection, wireless communication including 5G is continuously and rapidly growing. Modern wireless communication systems, such as 5G, bring great challenges on radio frequency (RF) sub-systems, which should support multiple RF chains operating at different frequency bands and for various modes. In the 5G RF sub-systems, massive multi-input multi-output (MIMO) antennas are the key technology for the success of 5G in which there are tens or even hundreds of RF chains. In these cases, a large number of transceivers and other components must co-exist within a limited volume. The power consumption and size of RF components are problematic issues, which play an important role in the overall behavior of wireless systems. To solve this problem, extensive work has been done, focusing on the reduction of power consumption and size of various RF components. Although great advances have recently been made, current techniques are still lacking in successful implementations of compact and low-power RF sub-systems fulfilling the increasing demand. It is therefore urgent to develop new techniques which can support the requirements of multiple RF chains in current and future 5G wireless systems.

Fortunately, the technique of co-designing multiple RF operational functionalities to realize multi-function components has exhibited the potential to achieve compact size and low power consumption. Further progress in this area will be made by studying the theory and techniques of multi-component co-design so that the resulting multi-function RF devices outperform the classic cascades of multiple mono-function components.

The objective of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to identify and discuss technical challenges and recent results related to multi-function RF components for current and future wireless communication system with emphasis on 5G. For this Special Section, we seek prospective authors to submit their high-quality original and unpublished contributions, surveys, and case studies on this research area.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


  • Co-design of antennas and filters
  • Antennas with integrated power combining capability
  • Power amplifiers with integrated filtering responses
  • Filtering power dividers/couplers
  • Filtering matching networks/transformers
  • Filtering phase shifters
  • Filtering with differential-mode operation.
  • Rectennas with integrated design of antenna and rectifier
  • Multi-function reconfigurable filters (simultaneous bandpass, bandstop, all-pass and/or all-reject response)
  • Novel analysis method for multi-function RF components

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Associate Editor: Xiu Yin Zhang, South China University of Technology, China

Guest Editors:

  1. Roberto Gómez-García , University of Alcala, Spain
  2. Guoan Wang, University of South Carolina, USA
  3. Yi Wang, University of Greenwich, UK


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Tunable devices for modern communications: materials, integration, modeling, and applications
  2. Energy Efficient Wireless Communications with Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer
  3. Recent Advances on Radio Access and Security Methods in 5G Networks

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:
Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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