Microfabricated Low-Loss Microwave Switch Integration Technology

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CD56P
Agency Tracking Number: 095074
Amount: $99,983.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
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
DUNS: 827121455
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ken Vanhille
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 552-4610
 kvanhille@nuvotronics.com
Business Contact
 Ken Vanhille
Title: Program Manager
Phone: (800) 341-2333
Email: 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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