MANHASSET, N.Y. MEMtronics has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project sponsored by the Dept. of Defense to develop microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices and circuits to support the requirements for tunable filters in transmit applications.
This six month contract will provide advances in the design of MEMS switches and circuits necessary to construct MEMS-based tunable filters for use in military transmitters.
Currently, most MEMS switches are designed for power levels on the order of one or two watts. Improvements in the mechanical and electrical design of these switches will improve the current and voltage handling capability to effectively handle tens of watts.
MEMtronics (Dallas, Texas) will team with Engineering Techknowledgey Applications (Fairfax, VA), which will support development of software-defined radio architectures meeting upcoming Missile Defense Agency needs.
ETA and MEMtronics will collaborate to develop high-performance radio and filter architectures able to prevent co-site interference of multiple transmitters in close proximity. These developments have a broad range of applicability, especially on unmanned air vehicles where multiple transmitters and receivers are operating simultaneously.