100 GHz reflectometer for sensitivity analysis of MEMS sensors comprising an intermediate frequency Six-port receiver

Due to the growing market for Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), especially for the application in mobile electronic devices like cameras, phones or tablet computers, cost and time efficient test and evaluation systems are required for the production process. This work presents a novel measurement setup for MEMS microphones, that allows an inline, contactless evaluation of the microphones’ mechanical sensitivity at an early stage of the manufacturing process.

A heterodyne receiver with a Six-port demodulator is deployed for displacement detection with micrometer resolution. Since the Six-port demodulator allows very high sampling rates, only limited by the analog-to-digital converter, short measurement times can be achieved.

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