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Thermally stable distributed MEMS phase shifter for airborne and space applications

: Fernandez-Bolanos, M.; Lisec, T.; Dainesi, P.; Ionescu, A.M.


European Microwave Association:
38th European Microwave Conference, 2008, EuMC 2008. Conference Proceedings : 27 - 31 October 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2008
ISBN: 978-2-87487-006-4
ISBN: 978-1-4244-3794-8
ISBN: 978-2-87487-005-7
European Microwave Conference (EuMC) <38, 2008, Amsterdam>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer ISIT ()

This paper presents an in-depth study of the design, modelling, circuit parameter extraction and characterization of a distributed MEMS digital microwave phase shifter. Bridge-type digital capacitors periodically loaded on a 5mm CPW (with an actuation voltage of 22V) has been fabricated and successfully measured in a wide range of frequencies (1-14GHZ), achieving a true-time delay of 25ps. Experimental data are in very good agreement with the equivalent circuit model and high frequency 3D EM simulations for both single switches and phase shifters. These phase shifters are designed for beam steering applications in airborne and space which require operation within large range of temperatures. Therefore, temperature measurements fulfilling the applications requirements have been done in vacuum and in room air from -130°C to 50°C. It is demonstrated that the delay deviation of our phase shifter is 10% (2ps) at 14GHz for the full temperature range (T°=180°).