A Ka-band 3-bit RF MEMS true-time-delay network

Jonathan B. Hacker, Robert E. Mihailovich, Moonil Kim, Jeffrey F. DeNatale

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Abstract

A monolithic Ka-band true-time-delay (TTD) switched-line network containing 12 metal-to-metal contact RF microelectromechanical system switches has been successfully fabricated and characterized on a 75-μm-thick GaAs substrate. The compact 9.1-mm2 TTD network was designed to produce flat delay time over a dc-to-40-GHz bandwidth with full 360° phase control at 45° intervals at 35 GHz. Measurements show a match to within 2% to the designed delay times at 35 GHz for all eight switch states with 2.2-dB average insertion loss over all states. Peak rms phase error is 2.28° and peak rms amplitude error is 0.28 dB from dc to 40 GHz. Return loss better than 15 dB from dc to 40 GHz for all eight states confirms the circuit's broad-band operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Volume51
Issue number1 II
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan 1

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Keywords

  • Phase shifter
  • Radar antennas
  • RF microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices
  • True-time delay (TTD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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