A 4–18‐GHz reconfigurable RF MEMS matching network for power amplifier applications

Tauno Vähä-Heikkilä (Corresponding Author), G.M. Rebeiz

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    We have developed a novel reconfigurable matching network based on the loaded‐line technique. The network is composed of N‐switched capacitors (N = 4–8) with a capacitance ratio of 4–5:1 and is suitable for power amplifiers at 4–18 GHz, or as an impedance tuner for noise parameter and load‐pull measurements at 10–28 GHz. The networks are very small, and offer better performance than double or triple stub matching networks. Extensive loss analysis indicates that the 8‐element network has a loss of 0.5 dB at 4–12 GHz, and less than 1.5 dB at 18 GHz, even when matching a 10Ω output impedance to a 50Ω load. As expected, the 4‐element matching network has about half the loss of the 8‐element network, but with much less impedance coverage. Both networks were simulated and measured in high VSWR conditions and can handle at least 500 mW of RF power at 4–18 GHz. The application areas are in phased array antennas, reconfigurable power amplifiers, and wideband noise‐parameter and load‐pull measurement systems
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)356 - 372
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • RF MEMS
    • reconfigurablöe networks
    • impedance tuner
    • matching network
    • loaded-line
    • phased arrays
    • load-pull
    • noise parameters


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