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Microfabricated Low-Loss Microwave Switch Integration Technology

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2010 / 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: 2010
Title: Microfabricated Low-Loss Microwave Switch Integration Technology
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CD56P
Award Amount: $99,983.00


Nuvotronics has developed and optimized the PolyStrataTM process for the fabrication of intricate microwave and millimeter-wave devices. These devices have primarily been rectangular coaxial transmission lines, although rectangular waveguide and other structures have also been demonstrated. Intricate devices have been demonstrated with insertion loss 5 to 10 times lower than traditional planar circuits; isolation better than 60dB for lines that share separating walls; multiple levels of densely-packed coaxial circuits; and low-parasitic attachment to active devices and traditional circuit boards. In this Phase I project, Nuvotronics will deseign microfabricated MEMs-based switches on the Polystrata platform. Nuvotronics will explore whether piezoelectric-based or magnetic-based actuation provides the best performance for millimeter-wave radiometry applications. The devices will have size and cost advantages, higher power handling capability, and lower loss than achievable with the commonly available wafer-based switches of today.

Principal Investigator:

Ken Vanhille
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Ken Vanhille
Program Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nuvotronics, LLC
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Road Radford, VA 24141

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