Tunable, Low Mass, Low Loss, Millimeter Wave, MEMS RF Filters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8718-06-C-0039
Agency Tracking Number: F051-230-2929
Amount: $738,619.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-230
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
One Merrill Crossing, Bow, NH, 03304
DUNS: 615924664
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher White
 Principal Investigator
 (626) 395-8778
 cjwhite@caltech.edu
Business Contact
 Rick Slocum
Title: Aesop General Manager
Phone: (603) 672-7007
Email: slocuminky@verizon.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
AESOP proposes to design and manufacture robust, miniaturized, broadly tunable mm-wave bandpass filters for space applications. The mm-wave tunable filters will have an unloaded Q of up to 1500 and the potential for multi-octave tuning ranges, for example from 6 to 18 Ghz, although any tuning range up to the limitations of the packaging, interconnections and actuator can be constructed. Aesop, Inc.’s tunable filters already represent a significant improvement over the state of the art in MEMS tunable filter technology, combining resonator Q’s of 1500 and higher, multi-octave tuning ranges, small size, low power requirements and low mass. Phase II will develop a packaged tunable filter, based on our Phase I design, which tunes over the range 8.0 – 18.0 GHz, as well as a sophisticated filter controller. Combined, these will create a market-leading product that dramatically exceeds the performance of YIG-tuned filters in terms of form factor, power consumption and RF power handling.

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