MEMS Based Reconfigurable RF Systems for Software Radio, Wireless Sensors, and MMID Technology
|Coordinator||Uppsala universitet - Institutionen för teknikvetenskaper|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 2 747 913|
|Project duration||December 2007 - September 2011|
Purpose and goal
Demonstrate novel, state-of-the-art MEMS based antenna modules suitable for low-cost integration into practical systems, develop novel reconfigurable front-end circuits and subsystems intended for telecommunication and sensor systems in the 20-100 GHz frequency range.
Results and expected effects
MOSART stimulates the production of microsystems, integrated circuits, and communications systems and devices, and creates new services and applications. The potential of the MOSART technologies will be directly applicable in these areas, but they can also be applied, for example, in sensor systems promoting public safety and security. All these systems have in common that they need compact and affordable RF sensing and wireless communications functionality - properties of RF Systems-in-Package enabled by the MOSART technology. MOSART will further advance the state-of-the-art by developing the basis for making RF systems self-adjusting or reconfigurable, something that in turn is expected to result in size, cost and power savings.
Approach and implementation
The MOSART demonstrator will be implemented via five work packages advancing from architecture selection and specifications to component and module design, then to their fabrication, and finally to integration of the demonstrator and its characterisation: 1. System architecture, circuit design, and specifications, 2. Antenna array design, 3. MEMS fabrication. 4. LTCC design, 5. Demonstrator. Design and fabrication (antennas, MEMS circuits and LTCC modules) are performed in two separate processing runs. In the first run, the aim is to do an initial design and optimisation. The second run is intended for design modifications based on first run results where fabricated circuits will be tested for their performance. 20-40 GHz MEMS manufacturing is performed at VTT.