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TitleLow-voltage, high-tuning range MEMS variable capacitor using closed-loop control
Author(s)Moreira, Eurico Esteves
Cabral, Jorge
Gaspar, J.
Rocha, Luís Alexandre Machado
Issue date2016
JournalProcedia Engineering
Abstract(s)A low-voltage, high-tuning range variable MEMS capacitor using parallel-plates electrostatic microactuators operated in close-loop is introduced in this paper. The structures were fabricated using an in-house 2-masks process on SOI wafers and the use of a closed-loop controller increases the stable displacements of the structure beyond the pull-in limitation along the full available gap (the limitation are the mechanical stoppers). Additionally, the structure has two pairs of actuators, in opposing directions, enabling bi-directional displacement leading to extended tuning range. The fabricated capacitors have a designed tuning range close to 17. A lower actuation voltage is also a main benefit for future integration on low-power devices (measured pull-in voltage of approximately 3.25V). The devices were characterized and a capacitance variation of 2.3pF was experimentally verified.
TypeConference paper
Description"Procedia Engineering, vol. 168 (2016)"
AccessRestricted access (UMinho)
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