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Rolled-up transformer structure for a radiofrequency integrated circuit (RFIC)

United States Patent

May 3, 2016
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A rolled-up transformer structure comprises a multilayer sheet having a rolled configuration comprising multiple turns about a longitudinal axis. The multilayer sheet comprises more than one conductive pattern layer on a strain-relieved layer, including a first conductive film and a second conductive film separated from the first conductive film in a thickness direction. The first conductive film comprises an even number of primary conductive strips, where each primary conductive strip has a length extending in the rolling direction, and the second conductive film comprises an even number of secondary conductive strips, where each secondary conductive strip has a length extending in the rolling direction. In the rolled configuration, turns of the primary conductive strips and turns of the secondary conductive strips wrap around the longitudinal axis. The primary conductive strips serve as a primary winding and the secondary conductive strips serve as a secondary winding of the rolled-up transformer structure.
Li; Xiuling (Champaign, IL), Huang; Wen (Champaign, IL)
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL)
14/ 565,944
December 10, 2014
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under award numbers ECCS 0747178 and 1309375 from the National Science Foundation, DE-FG02-07ER46471 from the Department of Energy, and N000141110634 from the Office of Naval Research. The government has certain rights in the invention.