Microfabricated Low-Loss Microwave Switch Integration Technology

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,983.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CD56P
Agency Tracking Number:
095074
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Nuvotronics, LLC
7586 Old Peppers Ferry Road, Radford, VA, 24141-8846
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
827121455
Principal Investigator:
Ken Vanhille
Principal Investigator
(540) 552-4610
kvanhille@nuvotronics.com
Business Contact:
Ken Vanhille
Program Manager
(800) 341-2333
kvanhille@nuvotronics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Nuvotronics has developed and optimized the PolyStrataTM process for the fabrication of intricate microwave and millimeter-wave devices. These devices have primarily been rectangular coaxial transmission lines, although rectangular waveguide and other structures have also been demonstrated. Intricate devices have been demonstrated with insertion loss 5 to 10 times lower than traditional planar circuits; isolation better than 60dB for lines that share separating walls; multiple levels of densely-packed coaxial circuits; and low-parasitic attachment to active devices and traditional circuit boards. In this Phase I project, Nuvotronics will deseign microfabricated MEMs-based switches on the Polystrata platform. Nuvotronics will explore whether piezoelectric-based or magnetic-based actuation provides the best performance for millimeter-wave radiometry applications. The devices will have size and cost advantages, higher power handling capability, and lower loss than achievable with the commonly available wafer-based switches of today.

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