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Low-voltage high-reliability MEMS switch for millimeter wave 5G applications

Shekhar, Sudhanshu and Vinoy, KJ and Ananthasuresh, GK (2018) Low-voltage high-reliability MEMS switch for millimeter wave 5G applications. In: JOURNAL OF MICROMECHANICS AND MICROENGINEERING, 28 (7).

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1088/1361-6439/aaba3e

Abstract

Lack of reliability of radio-frequency microelectromechanical systems (RF MEMS) switches has inhibited their commercial success. Dielectric stiction/breakdown and mechanical shock due to high actuation voltage are common impediments in capacitive MEMS switches. In this work, we report low-actuation voltage RF MEMS switch and its reliability test. Experimental characterization of fabricated devices demonstrate that proposed MEMS switch topology needs very low voltage (4.8 V) for actuation. The mechanical resonant frequency, f(0), quality factor, Q, and switching time are measured to be 8.35 kHz, 1.2, and 33 microsecond, respectively. These MEMS switches have high reliability in terms of switching cycles. Measurements are performed using pulse waveform of magnitude of 6 V under hot-switching condition. Temperature measurement results confirm that the reported switch topology has good thermal stability. The robustness in terms of the measured pull-in voltage shows a variation of 0.08 V degrees C-1. Lifetime measurement results after 10 million switching cycles demonstrate insignificant change in the RF performance without any failure. Experimental results show that low voltage improves the lifetime. Low insertion loss (less than 0.6 dB) and improved isolation (above 40 dB) in the frequency range up to 60 GHz have been reported. Measured RF characteristics in the frequency range from 10 MHz to 60 GHz support that these MEMS switches are favorable choice for mm-wave 5G applications.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belong to IOP PUBLISHING LTD, TEMPLE CIRCUS, TEMPLE WAY, BRISTOL BS1 6BE, ENGLAND
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Communication Engineering
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 15:58
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 08:54
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/59850

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