Broad Bandwidth Components for Advanced Microwave Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-1872
Agency Tracking Number: F051-224-2101
Amount: $99,838.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-224
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
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 Officer
 (978) 562-3866
Business Contact
 Jean-Claude Sureau
Title: President
Phone: (978) 562-3866
Research Institution
Broadband, true time delay phase shifters based on MEMS switches provide the high instantaneous bandwidth desired for applications such as multi-frequency antenna arrays with multiple functions such as radar, communications, and ECM. MEMS based phase shifters offer significant performance advantages compared to technologies using PIN diode or MESFET switches including high linearity that does not limit the dynamic range of the receiver in a crowded signal environment. Furthermore, MEMS phase shifters offer a combination of low RF insertion loss and low switch control power consumption that is unmatched by PIN diode or MESFET technologies, giving the MEMS phase shifters a decided advantage at reducing prime power consumption in airborne or space based systems. Radant MEMS Inc., with its demonstrated 100 billion cycle high lifetime MEMS switch, will design, fabricate and test a proof-of-concept true time delay, 1-6 GHz, hybrid MEMS phase shifter that handles as close to 5 Watts as available MEMS switches allow. Radant will also create a preliminary design for a 6-bit, 5 Watt MEMS phase shifter integrated on silicon dice during Phase II, resulting in a compact, low cost phase shifter that is hermetically sealed using the same wafer capping process now employed for Radant's MEMS switches.

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