MEMS RF switches made in Grenoble ready for space
Categorie(s) : Innovation & Society, News, Research
Published : 5 December 2016
MEMS radio-frequency micro-switches developed by Leti could be chosen by the European Space Agency for tomorrow’s space applications. While it is still too early to tell, Leti is doing everything it can to increase its chances of success! First, Leti researchers have integrated the switches into a collective thin-layer packaging—a key advantage over individually packaged competing solutions. The switches are smaller and cheaper to manufacture, and offer state-of-the art electrical performance.
The thin-layer packaging, which protects the switch from contamination and ensures reliability, does not alter component performance compared to an unpackaged switch tested under a controlled atmosphere. ESA, which is currently testing European MEMS RF switch technologies, ordered 150 packaged units.