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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$738,619.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8718-06-C-0039
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-230-2929
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-230
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
AESOP, INC.
One Merrill Crossing, Bow, NH, 03304
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
615924664
Principal Investigator:
Christopher White
Principal Investigator
(626) 395-8778
cjwhite@caltech.edu
Business Contact:
Rick Slocum
Aesop General Manager
(603) 672-7007
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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