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3 Author(s)
Liwei Lin ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor, MI, USA ; Howe, R.T. ; Pisano, A.P.

Microelectromechanical filters based on coupled lateral microresonators are demonstrated. This new class of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) has potential signal-processing applications for filters which require narrow bandwidth (high Q), good signal-to-noise ratio, and stable temperature and aging characteristics. Microfilters presented in this paper are made by surface-micromachining technologies and tested by using an off-chip modulation technique. The frequency range of these filters is from approximately 5 kHz to on the order of 1 MHz for polysilicon microstructures with suspension beams having a 2-μm-square cross section. A series-coupled resonator pair, designed for operation at atmospheric pressure, has a measured center frequency of 18.7 kHz and a pass bandwidth of 1.2 kHz. A planar hermetic sealing process has been developed to enable high quality factors for these mechanical filters and make possible wafer-level vacuum encapsulations. This process uses a low-stress silicon nitride shell for vacuum sealing, and experimental results show that a measured quality factor of 2200 for comb-shape microresonators can be achieved

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Microelectromechanical Systems, Journal of  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

Sep 1998

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