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A single-pole 6-throw (SP6T) antenna switch using metal-contact RF MEMS switches for multi-band applications

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4 Author(s)
Jaewoo Lee ; Basic Res. Lab., Electron. & Telecommun. Res. Inst., Daejeon, South Korea ; Chang-Han Je ; Seongweon Kang ; Chang-Auck Choi

A single-pole 6-throw (SP6T) antenna switch using metal-contact RF micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) series switches has been developed for multi-band applications. The fabricated metal-contact MEMS switch with a broad signal line gap of 140 μm shows a very high isolation loss of -51 dB at 2 GHz because its center-wedge (CW) can control a membrane stiction problem due to the anchor role. The pull-down voltage (VP) of the MEMS switch is 27.5 V and its leakage current is 26.1 μA at VP. The SP6T antenna switch, which has six SPST MEMS switches, is comprised of two transmitter (Tx) ports and four receiver (Rx) ports for quad-band application. The chip area is very compact to 1 mm2 (1.3 mm × 0.8 mm). This antenna switch has an isolation loss of -48 dB and an insertion loss of -0.27 dB at 2 GHz between the antenna (ANT) port and transmitter portl (T×1) at VA = 36V.

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IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, 2005.

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12-17 June 2005