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Cavendish Kinetics Inc. | Date: 2014-04-02

The present invention generally relates to a DVC having a charge-pump coupled to a MEMS device. The charge-pump is designed to control the output voltage delivered to the electrodes, such as the pull-in electrode or the pull-off electrode, that move the switching element within the MEMS device between locations spaced far from and disposed closely to the RF electrode.


Patent
Cavendish Kinetics Inc. | Date: 2014-04-02

The present invention generally relates to a MEMS DVC and a method for fabrication thereof. The MEMS DVC comprises a plate movable from a position spaced a first distance from an RF electrode and a second position spaced a second distance from the RF electrode that is less than the first distance. When in the second position, the plate is spaced from the RF electrode by a dielectric layer that has an RF plateau over the RF electrode. One or more secondary landing contacts and one or more plate bend contacts may be present as well to ensure that the plate obtains a good contact with the RF plateau and a consistent C max value can be obtained. On the figure PB contact is the plate bend contact, SL contact is the Second Landing contact and the PD electrode is the Pull Down electrode.


Patent
Cavendish Kinetics Inc. | Date: 2014-04-02

The present invention generally relates to a MEMS DVC having a shielding electrode structure between the RF electrode and one or more other electrodes that cause a plate to move. The shielding electrode structure may be grounded and, in essence, block or shield the RF electrode from the one or more electrodes that cause the plate to move. By shielding the RF electrode, coupling of the RF electrode to the one or more electrodes that cause the plate to move is reduced and capacitance modulation is reduced or even eliminated.


The present invention generally relates to a method of operating a MEMS DVC while minimizing impact of the MEMS device on contact surfaces. By reducing the drive voltage upon the pull-in movement of the MEMS device, the acceleration of the MEMS device towards the contact surface is reduced and thus, the impact velocity is reduced and less damage of the MEMS DVC device occurs.


Patent
Cavendish Kinetics Inc. | Date: 2013-07-15

The current disclosure shows how to make a fast switching array of mirrors for projection displays. Because the mirror does not have a via in the middle connecting to the underlying spring support, there is an improved contrast ratio that results from not having light scatter off the legs or vias like existing technologies. Because there are no supporting contacts, the mirror can be made smaller making smaller pixels that can be used to make higher density displays. In addition, because there is not restoring force from any supporting spring support, the mirror stays in place facing one or other direction due to adhesion. This means there is no need to use a voltage to hold the mirror in position. This means that less power is required to run the display.

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