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LTCC compatible ferroelectric phase shifters

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4 Author(s)
A. Deleniv ; Chalmers Univ. of Technol., Goteborg, Sweden ; S. Gevorgian ; H. Jantunnen ; T. Hu

Two phase shifters with novel topologies are presented. The phase shifters are based on LTCC compatible ferroelectric films with εr=200, and tanδ=0.04 at 10 GHz. A Ku-band phase shifter is designed to provide DC bias independent matching in the wide frequency range. It has microstrip design where ferroelectric film is used as a substrate and requires relatively low DC bias voltages. The phase shifter showed -15dB matching in ∼50% bandwidth and 15°/dB figure of merit. In X-band phase shifter, the ferroelectric film is deposited on the low permittivity substrate. Using such two layered substrate a loaded line phase shifter based on coplanar-plate varactors is realized. The varactors are included in the circuit ground and are connected with the microstrip using vias. This designed allows reduction of overall loss due to more efficient use of ferroelectric. The figure of merit of this phase shifter is 207dB at 10 GHz.

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IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, 2005.

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12-17 June 2005