By Topic

Fabrication and Characterization of a Vacuum Encapsulated Curved Beam Switch for Harsh Environment Application

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

8 Author(s)
Bo Woon Soon ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Nat. Univ. of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore ; Ng, E.J. ; Hong, V.A. ; Yushi Yang
more authors

A vacuum-encapsulated silicon switch with a curved electrode is characterized for operation in harsh environments. An ultraclean vacuum encapsulation process (episeal) seals the switch after release, providing a pristine operating environment for switching operations. In these devices, the curved beam of the actuator enhances the overdrive voltage tolerance to be more than 100 V. The ON/OFF cycle tests were carried out up to 105 cycles at room temperature, and at least 104 cycles under an elevated temperature of 300°C. Throughout the 300°C tests, an average contact resistance of ~ 28 kΩ is measured, demonstrating the stability of the contact. Finally, high speed pulse I-V monitoring unit was used to observe 13-μs switching speed.

Published in:

Microelectromechanical Systems, Journal of  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 5 )