As a hybrid component in RF front-end systems, filtennas possess the distinctive advantages of simultaneously combining filtering and radiating performance characteristics. Consequently, filtennas not only save space and costs but also reduce transmission losses. In this chapter, three sorts of filtennas have been proposed: the first sort is band-pass/band-stop filtennas, which are mainly realized by assembling band-pass/band-stop filters and antennas to achieve the combined functions; the second sort is multi-resonator-cascaded filtennas, which are obtained by altering the coupled-resonators in the last stage of the filters to act as the radiating elements; and the third sort is near-field resonant parasitic, bandwidth-enhanced filtennas, which are accomplished through organically combining radiator and filtering structures. For the second and third sorts, it is worth noting that the design methods witness significant electrical size reduction without degrading the radiation performance of the filtennas in general.
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