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The package integration of RF-MEMS switch and control IC for wireless applications

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2 Author(s)
De Silva, A.P. ; Final Manuf. Technol. Center, Motorola Semicond. Product Sector, Tempe, AZ, USA ; Hughes, H.G.

The integration of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) switch and control integrated circuit (IC) in a single package was developed for use in next-generation portable wireless systems. This packaged radio-frequency (RF) MEMS switch exhibits an insertion loss under -0.4 dB, and isolation greater than -45 dB. This MEMS switch technology has significantly better RF characteristics than conventional PIN diodes or field effect transistor (FET) switches and consumes less power. The RF MEMS switch chip has been integrated with a high voltage charge pump plus control logic chips into a single package to accommodate the low voltage requirements in portable wireless applications. This paper discusses the package assembly process and critical parameters for integration of MEMS devices and bi-complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) control integrated circuit (IC) into a single package.

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Advanced Packaging, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 3 )