Special Issue "Design, Technology and Test Protocols for Microsystem High Frequency Devices"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "E:Engineering and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Romolo Marcelli
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National Research Council, Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, Rome, Italy
Interests: Metamaterials; RF MEMS and NEMS; Microwave Microscopy
Dr. Emanuela Proietti
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National Research Council, Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, Rome, Italy
Interests: microwaves; MEMS; scanning microwave microscopy
Dr. Giovanni Maria Sardi
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Guest Editor
National Research Council, Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, Rome, Italy
Interests: electromagnetism; antennas; metamaterials; microwave devices; microwave microscopy
Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Bartolucci
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Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Via del Politecnico, Roma, Italy
Interests: microwaves; circuits; electromagnetics; RF circuit simulation

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Microsystem technology for high frequency applications is a well-established research field for a huge number of microwave to millimeter wave tunable devices and subsystems. Applications encompass ground and space architectures for signal routing, RADAR systems, radio-link communications, satellite reconfiguration, and redundancy purposes. The main advantages are related to an all-passive architecture overwhelming the typical drawbacks of semiconductor devices, like diodes in digital signal processing, with no signal distortion and very low-level losses. The main open issues, i.e., reliability, power handling, packaging, and integration, and charging effect limitations were effectively addressed across the last 10–15 years, making RF-MEMS technology readiness compatible with commercial applications.

Recently, several configurations have been developed using advanced technological solutions to make both analog and digital signal processing possible, with a lifetime extended to more than ten years, making high frequency microsystems appealing again even for long-term applications. Moreover, novel design approaches are contaminating classical microsystem configurations with a possible extension towards miniaturization and smart functionalities, useful in perspective also for 5G and IOT structures, including micro- and nano-systems, i.e., MEMS and NEMS. Additional capabilities can also relate to sensing and microfluidics.

The current focus is to develop components for signal transmission and irradiation subsystems in the K (18–26.5 GHz), Ka (26.5–40 GHz), and Q (33–50 GHz) bands, which are of great interest for RADAR and telecommunications via satellite. The main purpose is to determine the technological solutions suitable for wide band performance, easily reconfigurable and with superior miniaturization capabilities of passive components.

In this Special Issue, research papers, short communications, and review article contributions are welcome in describing the state-of-the-art for design, technology, and test protocols for high frequency microsystems.

Dr. Romolo Marcelli
Dr. Emanuela Proietti
Dr. Giovanni Maria Sardi
Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Bartolucci
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • MEMS
  • NEMS
  • microwaves
  • millimeter waves

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Piezoelectric Performance of a Symmetrical Ring-Shaped Piezoelectric Energy Harvester Using PZT-5H under a Temperature Gradient
Micromachines 2020, 11(7), 640; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi11070640 - 29 Jun 2020
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With the rapid development of microelectronics technology, low-power electronic sensors have been widely applied in many fields, such as Internet of Things, aerospace, and so on. In this paper, a symmetrical ring-shaped piezoelectric energy harvester (SR-PEH) is designed to provide energy for the [...] Read more.
With the rapid development of microelectronics technology, low-power electronic sensors have been widely applied in many fields, such as Internet of Things, aerospace, and so on. In this paper, a symmetrical ring-shaped piezoelectric energy harvester (SR-PEH) is designed to provide energy for the sensor to detect the ambient temperature. The finite element method is used by utilizing software COMSOL 5.4, and the electromechanical coupling model of the piezoelectric cantilever is established. The output performance equations are proposed; the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) integration process of the SR-PEH, circuit, and sensor is stated; and the changing trend of the output power density is explained from an energy perspective. In the logarithmic coordinate system, the results indicate that the output voltage and output power are approximately linear with the temperature when the resistance is constant. In addition, the growth rate of the output voltage and output power decreases with an increase of resistance under the condition of constant temperature. In addition, with an increase of temperature, the growth rate of the output power is faster than that of the output voltage. Furthermore, resistance has a more dramatic effect on the output voltage, whereas temperature has a more significant effect on the output power. More importantly, the comparison with the conventional cantilever-shaped piezoelectric energy harvester (CC-PEH) shows that the SR-PEH can improve the output performance and broaden the frequency band. Full article
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