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MEMS Based One Shot Electro-Thermal Micro-Switches for System Reconfiguration

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Pierre Pennarun, Carole Rossi, Daniel Esteve, Denis Lagrange

LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France

Paper No. CANEUS2006-11018, pp. 105-110; 6 pages
  • CANEUS 2006: MNT for Aerospace Applications
  • CANEUS2006: MNT for Aerospace Applications
  • Toulouse, France, August 27–September 1, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4254-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3787-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


A new concept of one shot micro-switches is proposed. Different switches have been developed to achieve either ON-OFF switching or OFF-ON switching. They are based on electrothermal mechanisms. ON-OFF switching consists in breaking an electrical connection using energetic material or low melting point metal like aluminum. OFF-ON switching consists in micro-soldering locally two electrical connections. Switches commute with a few hundred of mW and do not need energy to stay in the stable OFF or ON state. These switches are particularly adapted to spatial redundancy applications that need high quality contact and reliable commutation even after long time storage. The fabrication process of these switches is based on classic MEMS technology steps (LPCVD, PECVD, copper electrodeposition, lift-off and plasma etching) and is IC compatible. Fabrication yield reaches 99%.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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