Higher order cochlea-like channelizing filters
July 1, 2008
A design method is presented for contiguous-channel multiplexing filters with many channels covering a wide bandwidth. The circuit topology extends previous work on cochlea-like channelizers by introducing multiple resonator-channel filter sections. The new design provides increased stopband rejection, lower insertion loss, and improved passband shape compared with the earlier version while retaining a simple design method and a compact layout, and requires no post-fabrication tuning. Results of a three-pole ten-channel channelizer covering from 182 MHz to 1.13 GHz with 17.5% bandwidth channels and 1.1-dB insertion loss are presented, and agree well with theory. A discussion of the power handling of planar channelizers is also presented.