New results using membrane-supported circuits: A Ka-band power amplifier and survivability testing Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper describes recent results which pertain to the integration and reliability testing of micromachined, membrane-supported transmission line circuits. These circuits employ a 1.4-/spl mu/m-thick dielectric membrane to support thin-film conducting lines above an air substrate. With regard to integration, the development of a Ka-band solid state power amplifier (SSPA) is presented. The design includes a membrane-supported Wilkinson power divider/combiner with 0.2 dB loss, along with a commercially available monolithic microwave/millimeter wave integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifier stage. Also reported are tests which investigated the survivability of membrane lines under space qualification conditions. No failures occurred as a result of thermal cycling and vibration testing at levels which reached 39.6 grms.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Weller, T. M., Katehi, L., Herman, M. I., Wamhof, P. D., Lee, K., Kolawa, E. A., & Tai, B. H.

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • September 1996