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We report a novel pull-up type radio frequency (RF) microelectromechanical system (MEMS) switch with no elastic deformation of the cantilever involved in the actuation. At a voltage of 4.5V, reliable actuations are achieved such that the movable lower contact pad is pulled up by the electrostatic force to make contact with the upper pad. At a frequency of 50GHz, an insertion loss of 0.5dB, a return loss of 12.4dB, and an isolation of 55dB are obtained from the switch. The measured transient times for switch-on and switch-off are 120 and 130ns, respectively. Compared to the MEMS switches reported thus far, the pull-up type switch shows the best switching speed and isolation characteristic at 50GHz.
Date of Publication: Dec. 2005