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Printed microinductors on flexible substrates for power applications

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4 Author(s)
Brandon, Erik J. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Wesseling, E.E. ; Vincent Chang ; Kuhn, W.B.

A low-profile microinductor was fabricated on a copper-clad polyimide substrate where the current carrying coils were patterned from the existing metallization layer and the magnetic core was printed using a magnetic ceramic-polymer composite material. Highly loaded ferrite-polymer composite materials were formulated, yielding adherent films with 4πMs≈3900 G at +5000 Oe applied DC field. These composite magnetic films combine many of the superior properties of high temperature ceramic magnetic materials with the inherent processibility of polymer thick films. Processing temperatures for the printed films were between 100°C and 130°C, facilitating integration with a wide range of substrates and components. The quality factor of the microinductor was found to peak at Q=18.5 near 10 MHz, within the optimal frequency range for power applications. A flat, nearly frequency independent inductance of 1.33 μH was measured throughout this frequency range for a 5 mm×5 mm component, with a DC resistance of 2.6 Ω and a resonant frequency of 124 MHz. The combination of printed ceramic composites with organic/polymer substrates enables new methods for embedding passive components and ultimately the integration of high Q inductors with standard integrated circuits for low profile power electronics.

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Components and Packaging Technologies, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 3 )