Broadband MEMS-PolyStrata Phase Shifters for High Power Operation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-09-C-7135
Agency Tracking Number: B083-025-0036
Amount: $99,891.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: MDA08-025
Solitcitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
MEMtronics Corporation
3000 Custer Road Suite 270-400, Plano, TX, 75075
Duns: 088468702
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chuck Goldsmith
 President
 (214) 552-7055
 cgoldsmith@memtronics.com
Business Contact
 David Bettler
Title: VP Operations
Phone: (469) 682-5665
Email: dtbettler@memtronics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This project proposes the co-integration of the lowest loss MEMS switches (MEMtronics capacitive MEMS switches) and the lowest loss interconnect technology, that of Nuvotronics PolyStrata technology. Together, these two emerging technologies offer the best solution for building broadband, high-power, phase shifter networks which meet the upcoming requirements for US military ballistic missile defense systems. The goal of this program is to combine RF MEMS switches having improved reliability, with low-loss interconnects and reactive components, to create broadband, high-power phase shifter networks which operate over the 8-12 GHz frequency range. These networks will support a 4-channel phase shifter network composed of a single RF input divided into four independent phase-shifted output channels. This network will support output power levels of greater than 5W peak/channel and greater than 2W average/channel. In addition, this network will possess switching delays of less than 5 microseconds, phase resolution of at least four bits, and less than 2 dB insertion loss between the network input and the output of each phase shifter channel.

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