A 10-60-GHz micromachined directional coupler
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A 20-dB directional coupler has been designed and fabricated on a thin dielectric membrane using micromachining techniques. The fabrication process is compatible with monolithic microwave integrated-circuit (MMIC) techniques, and the coupler can be integrated into a planar-circuit layout. Design of the asymmetric tapered coupled-line coupler relies on simple quasi-static models and ideal transmission-line theory. The use of membrane technology results in less than 0.5-dB insertion loss in the coupler from 10 to 60 GHz. In addition, a micromachined packaging technique creates a shielded circuit, which is extremely compact and lightweight.