Goals and Objectives
The main aim of this project is to use an mm-wave application band to design a smart antenna for WLAN with steering capability for changing its radiation pattern. The antenna will be of the monopole type. By using the mm wave band, more than one antenna can be located in the device due to the small size of devices and this high frequency (60 GHz). By integrating more than one antenna, the gain of the RP will be improved, and the more elements that can be integrated, the more efficient the device would be. The goal is also to evaluate the re-use of the signal spatial to improve RP.
The objective of this project is to design two dimensional monopole array antenna with the capability of beam forming and beam steering at mm wave frequency for WLAN application. This will allow users to have a higher data rate emitting from the device. The design will be achieved using software tools, rather hardware techniques. Moreover, the MATLAB simulation toolbox will be used. To achieve this objective, the following will be conducted:
• An in-depth study of the recent publications in the field of mm-wave applications;
• Having a good knowledge of all the techniques that are used for 60GHz and other frequencies;
• Understanding all the challenges facing RF engineers in designing mm-wave applications;
• Cost effective design and Ease of Manufacture;
• Focus on using software techniques to manipulate the radiation pattern, rather than using hardware techniques.
Developing the project and achieving the desirable design requires good planning. Ostensibly, the more specific the objectives, the more successful the outcome would be. Smart technique will be used as a tool to focus on the recent development, literature review, and design optimization in order to achieve the required results. Smart techniques stand for the following: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bound. IEEE will be the main source of information. The keywords listed at the beginning of this report will be used to conduct the research while focusing on the main objective.
MATLAB Software signal process package will be used to model the antenna design and analyze the results of the radiation pattern  and . MATLAB is a powerful tool that will be used to model the antenna design configuration. MATLAB is the one most broadly used mathematical computing tool. It is a friendly tool. If time permits, HFSS software will be used to compare the MATLAB results with HFSS results.