Porosity effects on coplanar waveguide porous silicon interconnects

Isaac K. Itotia, Rhonda R Franklin

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Oxidized porous silicon (OPS) has the potential to produce low loss designs for high-density RF passive and CMOS integrated circuits. Herein are findings on porosity effects on finite ground coplanar waveguide (FGCPW) lines printed on OPS material up to 50 GHz. At 51% porosity, measured effective dielectric constant data (εr,eff) is approximately 2.8 and is consistent with Bruggeman models. For similar low (low-rho) and high (high-rho) resistivity silicon designs, OPS attenuation (dB/cm) exhibits 78% less loss than low-rho designs with 1.5 and 9.5% less than and greater than, the high-rho design at 10 and 20 GHz, respectively. Furthermore, wideband 50-ohm impedance matching is achieved. These findings, therefore, support consideration of oxidized porous silicon for RFIC design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-684
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
EventIEEE MSS-S International Microwave Symposium Digest - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Jun 2 2002Jun 7 2002


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