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3D Microfabricated Low Loss Reconfigurable Components

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Nuvotronics LLC
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Loop Radford, VA 24141-8846
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: 3D Microfabricated Low Loss Reconfigurable Components
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CD83P
Award Amount: $88,370.00


Typical communication satellites use traditional waveguide front-end architectures due to excellent electrical performance and high reliability. However, these systems are extremely massive and use large volume mostly due to the low-insertion loss waveguide. Replacement of the waveguide components by microfabricated parts without substantially affecting the electrical performance can lead to a breakthrough in wireless communications. The overall goal of the proposed SBIR project is to develop low-cost, reliable, miniaturized RF MEMS switch components suitable for a variety of communication subsystems. Two approaches will be investigated. The first approach will be looking at monolithically integrating RF MEMS switches within the PolyStrataTM technology, developed at Nuvotronics in Blacksburg, VA as part of the DARPA 3DMERFS program. This approach should enable disruptive low-loss and high-Q RF components from S-band up to W-band. The second approach will rely on state of the art known good RF switches to be assembled on the low loss PolyStrata backplane. This second approach will provide lower loss, higher density and higher power handling than the current RF MEMS components. The proposed technology can be applied to multiple operating frequencies at a minimum cost due to the batch capability of the PolyStrata process.

Principal Investigator:

Jean Marc Rollin
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Chris Nichols
Business Official
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Nuvotronics, LLC
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Loop Radford, VA 24141

EIN/Tax ID: 262821822
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No