Metamaterial-Based MEMS Compact Phase Shifters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-1387
Agency Tracking Number: F11B-T28-0053
Amount: $97,860.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF11-BT28
Solicitation Number: 2011.B
Small Business Information
MEMtronics Corporation
3000 Custer Road Suite 270-400, Plano, TX, -
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
 Lehigh University
 Cris Palego
 Compound Semiconductor Lab
5 East Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA, 18015-8015
 (610) 758-5109
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
ABSTRACT: The main objective of this project is to design metamaterial-based MEM phase shifters, and to enable their application in phased-array radar and communications systems. A compact, low-loss, low-power-consumption, and non-dispersive Ka-band 4-bit phase shifter is chosen as the demonstration vehicle. To determine the feasibility of the overall project, the objective during Phase I will be to demonstrate a Ka-band 45 degrees unit cell. The proposed design will be based on a proven Ku-band 45 degree unit, which closely integrates metamaterial with MEM switches to achieve unprecedented broadband performance. Additionally, the design will be based on MEM capacitive switches of proven reliability and reproducibility, making the technology transfer low risk but high payoff. The goal is to end up with the mask layout of the Ka-band 45 degrees phase-shifter unit cell six months after Phase I starts. Then, if the Phase II proposal is selected, the unit cell and eventually a full four-bit phase shifter will be fabricated and tested during Phase II. The teaming of MEMtronics Corp., Lehigh Univ. and Innovative Micro Technology, Inc. ensures that the phase shifters developed under this project will be manufacturable and can be readily commercialized. BENEFIT: The development of ultra-low loss phase shifters based on this technology could significantly reduce the cost of phased array antenna systems. A significant reduction in cost will promote their proliferation for a variety of defense and communications applications.

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