This work reports on the design, fabrication and testing of a new class of hybrid (filter design using combined electrical and mechanical coupling techniques) ultra-compact (800×120 μm) 4th order band-pass filters based on piezoelectric Aluminum Nitride (AlN) contour-mode microelectromechanical (MEM) resonators. The demonstrated 110 MHz filter shows a low insertion loss of 5.2 dB in air, a high out-of-band rejection of 65 dB, a fractional bandwidth as high as 1.14% (hard to obtain when only conventional electrical coupling is used in the AlN contour-mode technology), and unprecedented 30 dB and 50 dB shape factors of 1.93 and 2.36, respectively. All these are achieved in an extremely small footprint and by using just half the space that any other 4th order filter would have taken. In terms of nonlinearities, the 110 MHz filter shows a 1 dB compression point higher than +63 dBmV and input third order intercept point (IIP3) values well beyond +153 dBmV. This new hybrid design represents a net improvement over the state of the art and constitutes a very promising solution for intermediate frequency (IF) filtering in many wireless communication systems.
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Hybrid, Band-Pass Filter, Piezoelectric, AlN Contour-Mode Resonator, MEMS
Date Posted: 30 June 2008