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Rotated Serpentine Spring Structure for Low Actuation Voltage CPW RF MEMS Switch

[ Vol. 9 , Issue. 2 ]

Author(s):

Hassan Saffari, Reza Askari Moghadam* and Javad Koohsorkhi   Pages 80 - 87 ( 8 )

Abstract:


Background: RF MEMS switches can be used in radars, wireless systems, communication systems, phase shifters and switch matrices in order to achieve low power consumption, high isolation, small size and weight.

Objective: This paper reports a low actuation voltage Capacitive Shunt RF MEMS Switch with two flexures, based on rotated serpentine spring concept.

Method: The switch is designed on a CPW line with an impedance of 50 Ω. The dielectric is used is silicon nitrate with the thickness of 0.1 µm. Also, a cantilever beam switch and a switch with the serpentine spring structure based on meanders are simulated with the Comsol software and compared with the proposed switch.

Conclusion: The results show actuation voltages of 15.89 V, 10 V and 7.755 V for the cantilever beam structure, serpentine spring structure and the proposed switch, respectively. RF scattering parameters are simulated by HFSS.

Result: The results show that the return loss is -0.18 at 9.3GHz and the isolation is -37 dB at 9.3 GHz.

Keywords:

RF MEMS switch, low actuation voltage, spring structure, RF signal, microstrip, radio frequency.

Affiliation:

Faculty of New Sciences and Technologies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Faculty of New Sciences and Technologies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Faculty of New Sciences and Technologies, University of Tehran, Tehran

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