MicroElectroMechanical Systems Based Electronically Steerable Antenna

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8718-05-C-0079
Agency Tracking Number: F041-028-1242
Amount: $497,949.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-028
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
255 Hudson Road, Stow, MA, 01775
DUNS: 106030468
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Maciel
 VP/Chief Operating Office
 (978) 562-3866
Business Contact
 Jean-Claude Sureau
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (978) 562-3866
Email: jsureau@radantmems.com
Research Institution
The performance benefits to satellite communication and other systems employing an Electronically Steerable Antenna are numerous. These include rapid beam scanning, increased beam agility, the performance of multiple functions, lighter weight, no angular momentum impact during beam scan and increased reliability. These improvements are typically obtained at the expense of large increases in overall RF insertion loss and cost when conventional MMIC phase shifters are employed. Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) phase shifters have been recently demonstrated that show significant reductions in insertion loss, size, and cost as compared to conventional GaAs and PIN diode phase shifters. The goal of this Phase II SBIR program is to develop a low loss, low-cost and high reliability integrated MEMS phase shifter based on the proven Radant ohmic MEMS RF switch. This phase shifter will be further packaged at the wafer level to assure hermeticity and low cost. Two leading organizations, Radant MEMS with its demonstrated 100 billion cycle high lifetime MEMS switch and Professor Rebeiz’s MEMS research group of distinguished RF MEMS designers, will team to design a MEMS phase shifter that achieves low insertion loss, long lifetime, small size, light weight, low cost and consumes less prime power than currently available phase shifters.

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