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We demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, a passive, electrically tunable integrated radio frequency (RF) inductor based on a planar solenoid with a thin-film ferromagnetic(FM) (NiFe) core. Variation of inductance is achieved by leading an additional dc current through the same device, thereby changing the effective permeability of the FM core. Tuning ranges (relative variations in inductance) of 85%, 35%, and 20% are achieved at 0.1, 1, and 2 GHz, respectively, for inductances in the range of 1 to 150 nH.
Date of Publication: Dec. 2004