On-chip inductors with magnetic material are fabricated with complementary metal-oxide semiconductor processes. The inductors use copper metallization and amorphous CoZrTa thinfilms. Enhancements of 3.5X in inductance and 3X for the quality factor at frequencies as highas 3 GHz have been successfully demonstrated by using a continuous CoZrTa-ring structure in spiral inductors at the 100 μm scale. Further improvement of the frequency response of inductance up to 6 GHz was achieved by micro-patterning the magnetic film. The effect ofincreasing the film thickness on the performance of strip line inductors was measured and modeled. This work demonstrates significantly larger increases in inductance and quality factor atabove 1 GHz as compared to prior efforts, thereby making the added processing cost worthwhile.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)