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This paper presents a shunt protection technique to improve the hot-switching reliability of metal-contact radiofrequency micro-electromechanical (RF-MEMS) switches. The proposed technique places shunt protection contacts in front of the main contact of an RF-MEMS metal contact switch to block RF signal while the main contact is switching on or off. The shunt protection contact creates a local cold-switching condition for the main contact to increase the lifetime of the switch underdoi:10.1109/tmtt.2017.2687427 fatcat:grcri254gfebvbcwfkpjnsenmu