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Improved electrodes for low-loss radio frequency devices

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
90058
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A09A-015-0235
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AGILE RF, INC.
93 Castilian Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93117-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Improved electrodes for low-loss radio frequency devices
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W911NF-09-C-0132
Award Amount: $99,970.00
 

Abstract:

Understanding and minimizing RF loss in tunable components is key to the successful integration of this technology in high performance wireless devices. Filter applications, in particular, fundamentally require extremely low loss to operate efficiently. Agile's high-frequency tunable filter development efforts using BST have found that loss due to surface or series resistance (Rs) is a significant limitation. Both Rs and the device quality factor (Q), another common metric for RF loss, can be strongly affected by electrode materials, the electrode/oxide interfaces, and the thickness and geometry of the electrodes. This proposal aims at investigating RF loss mechanisms specifically in BST-based devices which are being developed at Agile for commercial and DoD wireless applications.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Elsass
VP of Research
8059685159
elsass@agilerf.com

Business Contact:

Thomas Watson
VP Sales
8059685159
twatson@agilerf.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Agile RF, Inc.
93 Castilian Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93117

EIN/Tax ID: 770515511
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UC Santa Barbara
Research Department
Materials Science
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Contact: Susanne Stemmer
Contact Phone: (805) 893-6128
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university