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This paper describes a design procedure for surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters using slanted finger interdigital transducers (SFIT) that are suitable for mid-band or wideband applications. The SFITs cannot represent the impulse response directly, in contrast to apodized IDTs. A design method for SFITs based on a building-block approach in the frequency domain is described. An automatic computer-aided design tool for SFIT filters has been achieved. The SFIT filters can be designed using a withdrawal weighting for stop-band responses, an aperture weighting for pass-band amplitude responses, and a distance weighting for pass-band phase responses. In addition, a SFIT pattern for photo mask can be automatically designed using this tool. Using this tool, an SFIT filter with a relative bandwidth of 15% was designed on an x-cut 112y-direction LiTaO/sub 3/ substrate.