Integrated X-Band inductor with a nanoferrite film core

Kulkarni, Suresh D (2017) Integrated X-Band inductor with a nanoferrite film core. IEEE Magnetics Letters, 8. pp. 1-4. ISSN 1949-307X

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The performance of an on-chip X-band (8–12 GHz) inductor, integrated with a partially-inverted zinc ferrite (piZF) film, is presented. The ferrite-core inductor is realized in three steps—first, fabrication of an uncoated spiral inductor via a 130 nm Si-CMOS process in a foundry, followed by passivation removal around the coil by reactive ion etching (RIE), and finally, deposition of piZF directly on the coil by microwave-assisted solution-based processing. The resulting piZF film covers the inductor coil conformally and exhibits high saturation magnetization (MS = 130 emu/cm3) and very low coercivity (HC < 15 Oe) at room temperature. The ferromagnetic resonance frequency ( fFMR) of piZF was determined by the coplanarwaveguide ferromagnetic-resonance technique to be ∼30 GHz, well above the frequency of targeted X-band applications. The inductance-density and Q-factor of the piZF-coated inductor are enhanced by 13% and 25% to 450 nH/mm2 and 5.8, respectively, at 10 GHz. This is the first report of an on-chip ferrite-core RF inductor operating above 6 GHz.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Microwave magnetics; high-frequency applications; inductors; soft magnetic materials.
Subjects: Departments at MU > Atomic Molecular Physics
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 03:51
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 03:51

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