Nanotech 2003 Vol. 1
Nanotech 2003 Vol. 1
Technical Proceedings of the 2003 Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 1

MEMS Design and Application Chapter 11

MEMS Technologies for Communications

Authors: C.T.-C. Nguyen

Affilation: DARPA/MTO, United States

Pages: 452 - 455

Keywords: MEMS, RF MEMS, communications

Micromechanical (or umechanical) communication circuits fabricated via IC-compatible MEMS technologies and capable of low-loss filtering, mixing, switching, and frequency generation, are described with the intent to miniaturize wireless transceivers. Possible MEMS-based receiver front-end architectures are then presented that use these micromechanical circuits in large quantities to enhance robustness and substantially reduce power consumption. Among the more aggressive architectures proposed are one based on a umechanical RF channel-selector and one featuring an all-MEMS RF font-end.

ISBN: 0-9728422-0-9
Pages: 560