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S-shaped film actuator for low-voltage high-isolation MEMS metal contact switches

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2 Author(s)
Oberhammer, J. ; Dept. of Signals, Sensors and Syst., R. Inst. of Technol., Stockholm, Sweden ; Stemme, G.

In this paper we present a novel metal-contact MEMS series switch based on a S-shaped film actuator. The switch consists of a flexible membrane rolling between a top and a bottom electrode. The s-shape of the film ensures that the membrane is always in close contact with both top and bottom electrodes, which results in a design with very low actuation voltages independent of the switching contact distance in the off-state. Thus, large switching areas are possible without decreased RF isolation. Furthermore, the design provides with active-opening capability making it less susceptible for stiction and self-actuation mechanisms. The switch is fabricated on two different substrates and finally assembled, leading to a near hermetic package integrated switch. The device was successfully fabricated and both the actuator and the RF performance of prototypes were characterized.

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Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, 2004. 17th IEEE International Conference on. (MEMS)

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