Si-micromachined coplanar waveguides for use in high-frequency circuits Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper describes the development and characterization of a new class of Si-micromachined lines and circuit components for operation between 2-110 GHz. In these lines, which are a finite-ground coplanar-waveguide (FGC) type, Si micromachining is used to remove the dielectric material from the aperture regions in an effort to reduce dispersion and minimize propagation loss. Measured results have shown a considerable loss reduction to levels that compare favorably with those of membrane lines and rectangular waveguides. Micromachined FGC lines have been used to develop V- and W-band bandpass filters. The W-band micromachined FGC filter has shown a 0.8-dB improvement in insertion loss at 94 GHz over a conventional FGC line. This approach offers an excellent alternative to the membrane technology, exhibiting very low loss, no dispersion, and mode-free operation without using membranes to support the interconnect structure.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • Herrick, K. J., Schwarz, T. A., & Katehi, L.

citation count

  • 110

complete list of authors

  • Herrick, KJ||Schwarz, TA||Katehi, LPB

publication date

  • June 1998