Automated Design of Common-Mode Suppressed Balanced Wideband Bandpass Filters by Means of Aggressive Space Mapping

Marc Sans, Jordi Selga, Paris Velez, Ana Rodriguez, Jordi Bonache, Vicente E. Boria, Ferran Martin

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© 2015 IEEE. The automated and unattended design of balanced microstrip wideband bandpass filters by means of aggressive space mapping (ASM) optimization is reported in this paper. The proposed filters are based on multisection mirrored stepped impedance resonators (SIRs) coupled through quarter-wavelength transmission lines, acting as admittance inverters. Such resonant elements provide transmission zeros useful for the suppression of the common mode in the region of interest (differential filter pass band) and for the improvement of the differential-mode stopband (rejection level and selectivity). Due to the limited functionality of the inverters, related to the wide fractional bandwidths, the automated filter design requires a two-step process. With the first ASM, the filter schematic satisfying the required specifications (optimum filter schematic) is determined. Then, the layout is synthesized by means of a second ASM algorithm. Both algorithms are explained in detail and are applied to the synthesis of two filters, as illustrative (and representative) examples. With this paper, it is demonstrated that the two-step ASM optimization scheme (first providing the optimum schematic and then the layout), previously applied by the authors to wideband single-ended filters, can be extended (conveniently modified) to common-mode suppressed differential-mode bandpass filters. Thus, the value of this two-step ASM approach is enhanced by demonstrating its potential for the unattended design of complex filters, as those considered in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7321068
Pages (from-to)3896-3908
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • Balanced filters
  • bandpass filters
  • circuit synthesis
  • microstrip technology
  • optimization
  • space mapping (SM)
  • stepped impedance resonators (SIRs)


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