Highly integrated system design is sought in silicon (Si) substrates due to the potential cost savings from volume manufacturing. For GHz applications two research efforts in silicon have evolved, BiCMOS in SiGe and CMOS in Si, that utilize of high and low resistivity silicon materials, respectively. In order to integrate active and passive designs in CMOS grade substrates with conductive and insulating features, multilayer and substrate modification methods have been investigated. This paper will present an overview of one substrate modification method, porous silicon, and recent electrical characterization data of GHz interconnect performance on dielectric capped and oxide converted forms of the material. In addition, highlights of several RF circuit demonstrations will be presented on lumped element, active circuit, and packaging performance.