Airbus gives Tronics an RF MEMS boost
Under the terms of the deal Tronics will gain an exclusive license to Airbus Group’s patent portfolio for use in the development of a technology platform with which to build RF MEMS switches.
This platform will be used to serve Airbus Group business units and any other companies that wish to build nPnT switches or custom circuits such as tunable filters, switch matrices and switched delay lines. RF MEMS are promising technology for applications in 5G communications, satellite communications and radar systems, test and instrumentation. Companies such as Cavendish Kinetics and DelfMEMS are offering RF MEMS.
Tronics and Airbus Group Innovations, the corporate R&D network of Airbus, will develop the RF MEMS platform jointly .The aim is to make higher frequency switches and circuits, offering high linearity and wide band coverage with high power handling capabilities in small and lightweight packages. Tronics has been collaborating with Airbus since 2012 to transfer Airbus switch design to Tronics’ Grenoble wafer fab and to integrate hermetic wafer level packaging with metal through silicon vias (TSVs).
The companies did not indicate how quickly the RF MEMS platform would be complete and ready to receive designs or how soon RF MEMS would be available.