IEEE Cleveland Chapter of the Antenna and Propagation, the Electron Device and Microwave Theory and Technique Societies and the EECS Department of Case Western Reserve University
Héctor J. De Los Santos Ph.D
NanoMEMS Research, LLC
Irvine, California, U.S.A

IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

“Applications and Trends in RF MEMS”

Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) applications in RF and microwave electronics are on the verge of revolutionizing wireless communications. In this tutorial we discuss the fundamentals of this exciting technology, potential pitfalls to be encountered, and typical applications where MEMS is expected to make the greatest impact in RF/microwave circuits and systems. In particular, the ability of MEMS’ fabrication techniques to enhance the performance of passive components, e.g., capacitors, inductors, transmission lines, and switches, is addressed, and a number of potential wireless system opportunities, namely, wireless transceivers, routing networks, and tracking antennas for mobile multimedia communications, awaiting the maturation of MEMS, are discussed.

April 21, 2009
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

White 411
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Food and beverages will be provided

Héctor J. De Los Santos received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, in 1979, the M. Sc. degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1981, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 1989. He is President and CTO of NanoMEMS Research, LLC, Irvine, CA, a company engaged in Nanoelectromechanical Quantum Circuits and Systems and RF MEMS (NanoMEMS) research, consulting, and education, where he focuses on discovering fundamentally new devices, circuits and design techniques to implement NanoMEMS Systems-on-Chip. Prior to founding NanoMEMS in 2002, he spent two years as Principal Scientist at Coventor, Inc., Irvine, CA, where he led Coventor’s intellectual property R&D effort, with activities including the conception, modeling, and design of novel RF MEMS devices. From 1989 to 2000, he was employed at Hughes Space and Communications Company, Los Angeles, CA, where he served as 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 Bandgap Devices and Circuits. Dr. De Los Santos holds 17 US patents, and is author of bestseller textbooks, including Introduction to Microelectromechanical (MEM) Microwave Systems (1999), now in Artech House' IPF® (In-Print-Forever®) series, and RF MEMS Circuit Design for Wireless Communications (2001). His most recent book, Principles and Applications of NanoMEMS Physics, was published by Springer in 2005. From 2001-2003 he lectured worldwide as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He has been recently elected an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the Electron Devices Society. He serves regularly as a reviewer for several technical journals, including, JMEMS, T-ED, T-MTT, T-NANO and APL. He is an IEEE Fellow.

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