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In this paper, the reliability of shunt capacitive radio frequency microelectromechanical systems switches developed on GaAs substrate using a III-V technology fabrication process, which is fully compatible with standard monolithic microwave integrated circuit fabrication, is investigated. A comprehensive cycling test is carried out under the application of different unipolar and bipolar polarization waveforms in order to infer how the reliability of the realized capacitive switches, which is still limited with respect to the silicon-based devices due to the less consolidation of the III-V technology, can be improved. Under the application of unipolar waveforms, the switches show a short lifetime and a no correct deactuation for positive pulses longer than 10 ms probably due to the charging phenomena occurring in the dielectric layer underneath the moveable membrane. These charging effects are found to vanish under the …
Publication date: 
8 Dec 2011

Anna Persano, Augusto Tazzoli, Adriano Cola, Pietro Siciliano, Gaudenzio Meneghesso, Fabio Quaranta

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Volume: 21 Issue: 2 Pages: 414-419
Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems