MEMS-4-MMIC: Merging RF-MEMS switches & MMIC

R. Baggen, R. Malmqvist, D. Smith, Tauno Vähä-Heikkilä, W. Simon

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Abstract

During the last years, RF Micro-Electro-Mechanical-System switches (MEMS) have experienced a tremendous progress in terms of technology development and RF-applications. Such circuits successfully demonstrate nowadays such outstanding properties that they could become key building blocks of next generation RF-communication and sensor systems. The merging of RF-MEMS switches and MMIC (Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits) is the next logical and economical step in MMIC development [1-12]. The European FP7 project MEMS-4-MMIC (STREP) aims at the physical merging of two different technologies: innovative RF-MEMS switch technology on one side and proven MMIC technology on the other side thus realising highly integrated MMIC components for applications such as reconfigurable wireless systems, phased arrays for mobile satellite platforms and radar, multimedia WLAN systems, and cognitive radio, for example. Such future agile RF-frontends will be able to more efficiently use the (available) RFspectrum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th ESA Workshop on Millimetre Wave Technology and Applications and 31st ESA Antenna Workshop - ESTEC
Place of PublicationNoordwijk
PublisherEuropean Space Agency ESA
Pages321-327
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event5th ESA Workshop on Millimetre Wave Technology and Applications and 31st ESA Antenna Workshop - ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duration: 18 May 200920 May 2009

Conference

Conference5th ESA Workshop on Millimetre Wave Technology and Applications and 31st ESA Antenna Workshop
CountryNetherlands
CityNoordwijk
Period18/05/0920/05/09

Keywords

  • MEMS
  • RF MEMS
  • MMIC
  • antenna
  • antenna array

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    Baggen, R., Malmqvist, R., Smith, D., Vähä-Heikkilä, T., & Simon, W. (2010). MEMS-4-MMIC: Merging RF-MEMS switches & MMIC. In Proceedings of the 5th ESA Workshop on Millimetre Wave Technology and Applications and 31st ESA Antenna Workshop - ESTEC (pp. 321-327). European Space Agency ESA.