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An algorithm for calculating the coupling between MMICs with block dielectric coverings

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2 Author(s)
Z. Wang ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Massachusetts Univ., Amherst, MA, USA ; R. W. Jackson

In this paper, a computer-aided design (CAD) algorithm is presented for determining the coupling between sealant covered monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) in a multichip module. It is assumed that the MMICs are sufficiently separated that near-field coupling can be neglected and that TM0 parallel-plate fields dominate. It is also assumed that the MMICs are each covered by a sealant of size commensurate with the MMIC. The technique presented is computationally simple, appropriate for use with layout-based circuit CAD software, and uses no numerical electromagnetics. It has been tested by comparison to full-wave electromagnetic simulation. In simple test cases, this technique showed over two orders of magnitude increase in speed. For larger problems, the increase in speed will be more pronounced

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 1 )