The breakdown characterization of both out- and in-plane electrostatically actuated RFeMEMS switches with air-gaps from 1.0 to 6.7 mm was studied. The emitted electromagnetic field during the testing was analyzed, in order to have an indication of the air-breakdown occurrence. Furthermore, we studied the effect of TLP and HBM events on the dielectric charging of tested MEMS, furnishing the experimental evidence that ESD events should not be responsible of this important reliability problem for MEMS, and that ESD tester parasitic elements can influence the MEMS electromechanical behavior characterization. Finally, a simple, but effective, varistor based protection structure was explored.

A comprehensive study of MEMS behavior under EOS/ESD events: Breakdown characterization, dielectric charging, and realistic cures

TAZZOLI, AUGUSTO;BARBATO, MARCO;MENEGHESSO, GAUDENZIO
2011

Abstract

The breakdown characterization of both out- and in-plane electrostatically actuated RFeMEMS switches with air-gaps from 1.0 to 6.7 mm was studied. The emitted electromagnetic field during the testing was analyzed, in order to have an indication of the air-breakdown occurrence. Furthermore, we studied the effect of TLP and HBM events on the dielectric charging of tested MEMS, furnishing the experimental evidence that ESD events should not be responsible of this important reliability problem for MEMS, and that ESD tester parasitic elements can influence the MEMS electromechanical behavior characterization. Finally, a simple, but effective, varistor based protection structure was explored.
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