Fast RF-CV characterization through High-Speed 1-port S-Parameter measurements

R.W. Herfst, Peter G. Steeneken, M.P.J. Tiggelman, Jiri Stulemeijer, Jurriaan Schmitz

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    We present a fast radio frequency–capacitancevoltage (RF-CV) method to measure the CV relation of an electronic device. The approach is more accurate, much faster, and more cost effective compared to the existing off-the-shelf solutions. Capacitances are determined using a single-frequency 1-port S-parameter setup constructed from discrete components. We introduce a new way to correct for nonlinearities of the used components, which greatly increases the accuracy with which the phase and magnitude of the reflected signal is measured. The measurement technique is validated on an RF microelectromechanical systems capacitive switch and a bariumstrontium-titanate tunable capacitor. Complete CV curves are measured in less than a millisecond, with a measurement accuracy well below 1%.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)310-316
    Number of pages7
    JournalIEEE transactions on semiconductor manufacturing
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012


    • MOS capacitor
    • Radio frequency (RF)
    • capacitive switches
    • varactor
    • metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET)
    • Barium-strontium-titanate (BST)
    • EWI-22225
    • METIS-287996
    • IR-81450
    • Capacitance
    • Capacitance measurement
    • radio frequency microelectromechanical (RF MEMS)

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