Palo Alto, Calif. – November 17, 2005 – Frost & Sullivan recently selected Radant MEMS, Inc., as the recipient of the 2005 Award for Excellence in Technology for its pioneering work in the field of radio frequency micro-electro-mechanical systems (RF MEMS).
"Radant MEMS has taken the lead in the race to bring MEMS-based RF microswitches to market and to the government sectors, and is the premier pioneer in this growing field," says Frost & Sullivan research analyst Rajesh Kannan." In just three years in the field, Radant MEMS has rapidly grown by landing a contract to supply electronically steerable antennas to the U.S. Air Force which will be employed with a fire control radar that will be mounted on a balloon (Aerostat)."
"The technology being developed by Radant MEMS stands poised to revolutionize the radar industry. I have long supported the core antenna program by securing federal funding for Radant Technologies for their important work," Congressman Marty Meehan said. "The Frost and Sullivan award is another acknowledgement of Radant MEM's superior contributions to this emerging field."
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected Radant MEMS to participate in a technology and funding contest to develop high-performance microswitches for the DARPA RF MEMS Improvement Program. Radant MEMS delivered several prototypes that are currently still under test and have already exceeded 500 billion switch cycles, which means Radant MEMS is the only company with microswitches now verified by the Department of Defense to exceed the demanding 500-billion switch cycle metric. The company is now the sole participant in DARPA's Phase III program.
Radant MEMS microswitches have a demonstrated life exceeding 100 billion switching cycles, making RF MEMS microswitches an extremely attractive alternative to other mechanical and solid-state switches. Applications that use solid-state switches include cell phones, radars, satellites, ultrasounds, automatic test equipment, and wireless Local Area Networks. Radant Technologies, Inc., a sister company to Radant MEMS, is using this world-class microswitching technology for the development of its electronically steerable antenna system, which can be electronically directed without any mechanical movement, hence significantly increasing antenna scanning speed while making the antenna less prone to mechanical failure.
Unlike custom packaging or ceramic packages, a Radant MEMS microswitch has its own wafer- level package, which reduces costs and complexity, and increases reliability of customer systems. The RF MEMS microswitch is fabricated using an all-metal and surface micromachining process on high-resistivity silicon that operates in a hermetic environment obtained through a wafer bonding process.
"Radant MEMS microswitches offer several advantages over solid state and electromagnetic relay switches, each of which reduces costs and increases application performance," notes Kannan. "These advantages include low power consumption, long life cycle, form factor reduction, improved RF performance, low loss, high-isolation, high linearity, and increased switching speed over electromagnetic relays."
Frost & Sullivan was pleased to present this award to a company that has pioneered the development and introduction of an innovative technology in the market-a technology that has either impacted or has the potential to impact several market sectors. This award recognizes the company's successful technology development that is expected to contribute significantly to the industry in terms of adoption, change, and competitive posture. Frost & Sullivan also commends the overall technical excellence of the company and its commitment to exceptional technology innovation.
Dr. John Maciel, Executive Vice President of Radant MEMS accepted the award at Frost & Sullivan's 2005 Best Practices Awards Banquet in Phoenix, AZ on October 26, 2005.