Micro-electromechanical system and voltage shifter, method of synchronizing an electronic system and a micromechanical system of a micro-electromechanical system

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PATENT NO 6127811
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09228707

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The present invention includes a micro-electromechanical system and voltage shifter, method of synchronizing an electronic system and a micromechanical system of a micro-electromechanical system. According to one aspect, the present invention provides a micro-electromechanical system voltage shifter including at least one node; a capacitor including plural opposing conductive plates; a micromechanical system configured to vary the capacitance of the capacitor; an electrical system configured to selectively couple the capacitor and the at least one node; and a mixer configured to output a product signal to synchronize the micromechanical system and the electrical system. Another aspect provides a method of synchronizing an electronic system and a micromechanical system of a micro-electromechanical system voltage shifter, the method including providing a capacitor and at least one node; varying the capacitance of the capacitor using a micromechanical system; selectively coupling the capacitor with the at least one node using an electrical system to one of charge the capacitor and provide sampling of the voltage of the capacitor; and synchronizing the electrical system and the micromechanical system.

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NXP B.V.EINDHOVEN3183

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bothra, Subhas San Jose, CA 92 1751
Shenoy, Jayarama N Santa Clara, CA 13 539

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