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Low Actuating Voltage Spring-Free RF MEMS SPDT Switch
D. Bansal, A. Bajpai, P. Kumar, M. Kaur,
Published in Hindawi Limited
Volume: 2016
RF MEMS devices are known to be superior to their solid state counterparts in terms of power consumption and electromagnetic response. Major limitations of MEMS devices are their low switching speed, high actuation voltage, larger size, and reliability. In the present paper, a see-saw single pole double throw (SPDT) RF MEMS switch based on anchor-free mechanism is proposed which eliminates the above-mentioned disadvantages. The proposed switch has a switching time of 394 nsec with actuation voltage of 5 V. Size of the SPDT switch is reduced by utilizing a single series capacitive switch compared to conventional switches with capacitive and series combinations. Reliability of the switch is improved by adding floating metal and reducing stiction between the actuating bridge and transmission line. Insertion loss and isolation are better than -0.6 dB and -20 dB, respectively, for 1 GHz to 20 GHz applications. © 2016 Deepak Bansal et al.
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JournalJournal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
PublisherHindawi Limited