This paper presents the first experimental results of a novel MEMS-based waveguide filter for mobile back-hauling at K-band with adjustable center frequency. The tuning concept employs commercial packaged RF MEMS switches, wire-bonded within a rectangular cavity. The switches are used to perturb the current distribution of the TE101 mode so as to tune the resonant frequency of the cavity. A tuning range up to 2% with unloaded Qs of the order of 1000 in K-band can be obtained. A second-order filter prototype employing commercially available MEMS on silicon substrate has been tested. Measurements show a 160 MHz frequency shift (0.7%) and Qs up to 1000 using only one MEMS per resonator. New higher-order prototypes using low-loss substrate MEMS (e.g. quartz) will be fabricated in order to get higher Qs. The concept here present leads to a very simple structure. The number of MEMS per resonator is, in fact, minimized (we use only one MEMS) and the design is simple. On the other hand, the achievable tuning range is lower (<2%) than the other concepts. Higher tuning ranges are achievable using more MEMS, but at the expense of lower Qs of the resonators. © Cambridge University Press and the European Microwave Association 2016.

K-band MEMS-based frequency adjustable waveguide filters for mobile back-hauling

SORRENTINO, Roberto;
2016-01-01

Abstract

This paper presents the first experimental results of a novel MEMS-based waveguide filter for mobile back-hauling at K-band with adjustable center frequency. The tuning concept employs commercial packaged RF MEMS switches, wire-bonded within a rectangular cavity. The switches are used to perturb the current distribution of the TE101 mode so as to tune the resonant frequency of the cavity. A tuning range up to 2% with unloaded Qs of the order of 1000 in K-band can be obtained. A second-order filter prototype employing commercially available MEMS on silicon substrate has been tested. Measurements show a 160 MHz frequency shift (0.7%) and Qs up to 1000 using only one MEMS per resonator. New higher-order prototypes using low-loss substrate MEMS (e.g. quartz) will be fabricated in order to get higher Qs. The concept here present leads to a very simple structure. The number of MEMS per resonator is, in fact, minimized (we use only one MEMS) and the design is simple. On the other hand, the achievable tuning range is lower (<2%) than the other concepts. Higher tuning ranges are achievable using more MEMS, but at the expense of lower Qs of the resonators. © Cambridge University Press and the European Microwave Association 2016.
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