This book examines the recent progress made in the emerging field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology in the context of its imminent insertion and deployment in radio frequency (RF) and microwave wireless applications. In particular, as the potential of RF MEMS to enable the implementation of sophisticated, yet low-power, portable appliances that will fuel the upcoming wireless revolution gains wide recognition, it is imperative that the knowledge base required to quickly adopt and gainfully exploit this technology be readily available. In addition, the material presented herein will aid researchers in mapping out the terrain and identifying new research directions in RF MEMS. Accordingly, this book goes beyond an introduction to MEMS for RF and microwaves [which was the theme of our previous book Introduction to icroelectromechanical (MEM) Microwave Systems (Artech House, 1999)] and provides a thorough examination of RF MEMS devices, models, and circuits that are amenable for exploitation in RF/microwave wireless circuit design.
This book, which assumes basic, B.S.-level preparation in physics or electrical engineering, is intended for senior undergraduate or beginning graduate students, practicing RF and microwave engineers, and MEMS device researchers who are already familiar with the fundamentals of both RF MEMS and traditional RF and microwave circuit design.
About the Author
Héctor J. De Los Santos was born in 1957 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is principal scientist at Coventor in Irvine, California, where he leads Coventor’s RF MEMS research and development effort. His activities include the conception, modeling, and design of novel RF MEMS devices. He received a Ph.D. from the School of Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1989. From March 1989 to September 2000, he was employed at Hughes Space and Communications Company, Los Angeles, California, where he served as scientist and principal investigator and director of the Future Enabling Technologies IR&D Program. Under this program he pursued research in the areas of RF MEMS, quantum functional devices and circuits, and photonic band-gap devices and circuits. Dr. De Los Santos holds a dozen patents and has more than half a dozen patents pending. He is author of the textbook Introduction to Microelectromechanical (MEM) Microwave Systems (Artech House, 1999). His achievements are recognized in Maquis’s Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Millennium Edition, and Who’s Who in the World, 18th Edition. He is a senior member of the IEEE and member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society for the 2001–2003 term.