This application note was developed in conjunction with Dr. Raafat Mansour, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo. There is a continuing demand to integrate a complete transceiver for numerous applications including various types of wireless sensor networks (e.g., patient monitoring network), and wireless implantable devices.
This high level of integration for RF applications requires high Q (quality) on-chip components. A solution to this problem is to create MEMS tunable passive components within the CMOS metallization layers. The objective of the project that led to this application note is to create MEMS tunable capacitors and utilize them in tunable filter, tunable bandpass amplifier, and VCO circuits.
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