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We present a broad-band lumped element planar inductor model that is suitable for RFIC design in silicon technologies. We provide extensions of the modeling methodology to similar components such as differential inductors, baluns, and solenoid inductors. The analytic computation of the physics-based model components, incorporating both metal skin effect and substrate loss, is described. The model is validated using measured data from over 200 inductors made with five different silicon back-end process technologies. The physics-based implementation of the model allows its use for determining the optimum process technology characteristics for specific radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) designs. The analytical based implementation with lumped elements enables effective integration into a robust CAD system for efficient design of RFIC circuits.