Electromechanical considerations in developing low-voltage RF MEMS switches Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper reports on the design, fabrication, and testing of a low-actuation voltage Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) switch for high-frequency applications. The mechanical design of low spring-constant folded-suspension beams is presented first, and switches using these beams are demonstrated with measured actuation voltages of as low as 6 V. Furthermore, common nonidealities such as residual in-plane and gradient stress, as well as down-state stiction problems are addressed, and possible solutions are discussed. Finally, both experimental and theoretical data for the dynamic behavior of these devices are presented. The results of this paper clearly underline the need of an integrated design approach for the development of ultra low-voltage RF MEMS switches.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Peroulis, D., Pacheco, S. P., Sarabandi, K., & Katehi, L.

citation count

  • 227

complete list of authors

  • Peroulis, D||Pacheco, SP||Sarabandi, K||Katehi, LPB

publication date

  • January 2003