MEMtronics Corporation today announced it has
received a development contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) entitled
“High-Power X-Band MEMS Phase Shifters.”
The 24-month, $1.25M contract is the second phase of a Small Business Innovation
Research (SBIR) project sponsored by the Department of Defense. The project’s focus
is development and demonstration of microwave phase shifters suitable for integration
into electronically scanned antennas for military radar and communications systems.
“These circuits take advantage of MEMtronics’ developments in radio frequency
microelectromechanical systems (RF MEMS) technology, which have been
demonstrated to operate with lower loss, less power consumption, and improved
linearity compared to conventional electronics technology,” said Dr. Chuck Goldsmith,
MEMtronics president. “We will provide advances in design, manufacturing, and
packaging necessary for the demonstration of low loss, high power phase shifters that
operate in the X-band frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum.”
This contract is the second phase of a previous SBIR award by MDA that MEMtronics
successfully completed last year. This phase of the program will build upon last year’s
development to produce working prototypes with the necessary form, fit, and function
for integration into radar systems.
“The phase shifters being developed during the course of this program will be important
components for next-generation military phased array antennas, having applicability to
both radar and communications systems,” added Goldsmith. “These advances in phase
shifter performance will enable phased array antenna system architectures that
significantly reduce expensive electronic component count and greatly reduce hardware
MEMtronics is a privately-held company focused on the commercialization of RF
micromachined switch technology. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, MEMtronics is
developing integrated RF MEMS components such as phase shifters and tunable filters.
Target systems include military and commercial communications and radar systems in
the microwave and millimeter-wave frequency ranges.