RF MEMs variable capacitors for tunable filters
- ISSN: 10964290
- DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-047X(199907)9:4<362::AID-MMCE7>3.0.CO;2-H
An RF MEMs (microelectromechanical system) variable capacitor has been demonstrated with a 22:1 tuning range, tuning from 1.5 to 33.2 pF of capacitance. This capacitor was constructed using bistable MEMs membrane capacitors with individual tuning ranges of 70:1 to 100:1, control voltages in the 30–55 V range, switching speeds less than 10 μS, and operating frequencies as high as 40 GHz. These devices may eventually provide a viable alternative to electronic varactors with improved tuning range and lower loss. ©1999 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J RF and Microwave CAE 9: 362–374, 1999.