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RF-MEMS switches for reconfigurable integrated circuits

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1 Author(s)
E. R. Brown ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., California Univ., Los Angeles, CA, USA

This paper deals with a relatively new area of radio-frequency (RF) technology based on microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS). RF MEMS provides a class of new devices and components which display superior high-frequency performance relative to conventional (usually semiconductor) devices, and which enable new system capabilities. In addition, MEMS devices are designed and fabricated by techniques similar to those of very large-scale integration, and can be manufactured by traditional batch-processing methods. In this paper, the only device addressed is the electrostatic microswitch - perhaps the paradigm RF-MEMS device. Through its superior performance characteristics, the microswitch is being developed in a number of existing circuits and systems, including radio front-ends, capacitor banks, and time-delay networks. The superior performance combined with ultra-low-power dissipation and large-scale integration should enable new system functionality as well. Two possibilities addressed here are quasi-optical beam steering and electrically reconfigurable antennas

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:46 ,  Issue: 11 )