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A low-loss single-pole six-throw switch based on compact RF MEMS switches

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

A low-loss single-pole six-throw (SP6T) switch using very compact metal-contact RF microelectromechanical system (MEMS) series switches is presented. The metal-contact MEMS switch has an extremely compact active area of 0.4 mm × 0.3 mm, thus permitting the formation of an SP6T MEMS switch into the RF switch with a total area of 1 mm2. The MEMS switch shows an effective spring constant of 746 N/m and an actuation time of 8.0 μs. It has an isolation loss from -64.4 to -30.6dB and an insertion loss of 0.08-0.19 dB at 0.5-20 GHz. Furthermore, in order to evaluate RF performances of the SP6T MEMS switch, as well as those of the single-pole single-throw RF MEMS series switch, we have performed small-signal modeling based on a parameter-extraction method. Accurate agreement between the measured and modeled RF performances demonstrates the validity of the small-signal model. The SP6T switch performed well with an isolation loss from -62.4 to -39.1dB and an insertion loss of 0.19-0.70 dB from dc to 6 GHz between the input port and each output port.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 11 )