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We have proposed and investigated encapsulation of air-suspended microstructures, especially for micromachined inductors in silicon radio frequency integrated circuits (RF ICs), providing a practical solution for covering up structural weakness to shock/vibration and accommodating package processes. As an encapsulating agent, two materials have been studied; polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) for examining possible structural deformation when spin-coated, and benzocyclobutene (BCB) for measuring possible electrical performance degradation due to the finite dielectric constant. According to the experiments, no structural deformation has been observed after PDMS is spin-coated. After encapsulated by BCB, the maximum 20% degradation of integrated inductor Q-factor has been observed.
Microwave Symposium Digest, 2003 IEEE MTT-S International (Volume:3 )
Date of Conference: 8-13 June 2003