RF Inductors

Wurth Electronics offers its WE-KI, WE-RFI, WE-RFH, WE-MK, WE-TCI, and WE-CAIR series of ceramic and ferrite RF inductors

Image of Wurth Electronics' RF InductorsThe inductance of Wurth Electronics' RF inductors can be characterized over a wide frequency range. The characterization of performance is necessary for application like RF filters, VCO’s, phase shifters and delay networks. Furthermore, RF inductors can be implemented to reduce RF signals in certain circuit paths. There are many characteristics that you have to pay attention to when selecting components for RF applications because there are no ideal components and RF inductors are no exception. Because of these parasitic effects, the characteristics of the inductor are influenced by losses and frequency dependency. The self-resonance frequency (SRF) is one parameter which determines the bandwidth and therefore the frequency behavior. The SRF is defined by various construction technology and the frequency dependency of parasitic capacitance of the land pattern. Above the SRF the inductor cannot be implemented as an inductor because of the predominance of the parasitic capacitive characteristics.

Wurth Electronics offers RF products in two types: ceramic and ferrite. Their ceramic inductors include wire wound, thinfilm and multilayer. Their ferrite inductors have high current standards, which are for high frequency. The different characteristics and applications are based on the several various construction technology of the inductors. The following inductors below are available from Wurth Electronics:

  • Wire Wound: Based on the wire wound technology, the inductors distinguish a high quality factor and a high current carrying capacity. A benefit to these is low DC resistance.
    • WE-KI ceramic core inductors: Offer excellent Q factor and the highest possible self-resonant frequencies up to 12.5 GHz. They are available in sizes 0402A, 0603A, 0603C, 0805A, 0805C, and 1008A.
    • WE-RFI and WE-RFH ferrite core inductors: Similar products with the exception that the WE-RFH has a higher current handling capability and is available in only one size (1008), while the WE-RFI series are available in two sizes (0805A and 1008A).
  • Multilayer: The WE-MK series meet the demand for the proceeding miniaturization and, therefore, are available in small package sizes of 0201, 0402, 0402A, 0603, and 0603A. They are thermally stable and do not show any variation in inductance over a large temperature range.
  • Thin Film: The WE-TCI series can be characterized with extreme accuracy, which results in a very tight tolerance product. Tolerances of about 2% and 1% are available upon request so it is possible to recognized precise application behavior. They are available in 0201 and 0402 sizes.
  • Air Coil: The WE-CAIR series are characterized by very high quality factors, low frequency range (Q > 100), and high termperature stability with a very high resonance frequency and a guaranteed greater rated current compared to other RF inductors. They are available in sizes 1322, 3136, 1340, 4248, and 3168.
WE-KI Wire Wound Inductors Characteristics
  • High quality
  • Inductance tolerances: 5% (2% on request)
  • High thermal stability
  • Recommended soldering: reflow
  • Operating temperature: -40°C to 125°C
  • Custom designs available upon request
  • High frequency applications
  • RF transceiver/communications
  • SAT receivers
  • Set-top boxes
  • Broadband signal transmissions
  • Bluetooth®
  • Wireless LAN
WE-RFI Wire Wound Inductors Characteristics
  • High thermal stability
  • Recommended soldering: reflow
  • Operating Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Custom designs available upon request
  • Developed for RF applications
  • RFID
  • Low frequency radio applications (keyless)
WE-RFH Wire Wound Inductors Characteristics
  • High thermal stability
  • Recommended soldering: reflow
  • High inductances
  • High currents
  • Operating Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Developed for RF applications
  • Perfect for telecommunication applications
WE-MK Multilayer Ceramic SMD Inductors Characteristics
  • Windings printed on ceramic substrate
  • Extremely high self-resonant frequency > 17 GHz
  • Inductive tolerance of 5%; ± 0.3 nH
  • Operating temperature: -40°C to 120°C
  • Inductance is stable over temperature
  • Recommended soldering profile: reflow/wave
  • High frequency circuits
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless LAN
  • Filter circuits
  • Oscillators
  • Pagers
  • Laptops
  • PCMCIA-cards
WE-TCI Thin Film Chip Inductors Characteristics
  • High self-resonant frequency
  • Tight tolerances of 2% (1% on request) or ± 0.1 nH and small inductance values
  • Outstanding temperature stability
  • In high frequency circuit the inductance is very stable
  • Small inductance values
  • Recommended solder profile: reflow
  • Operating temperature: 40°C to 125°C
  • Mobile phones
  • Pagers
  • GPS products
  • Wireless LAN
  • Communication appliances
  • RF transceiver modules
WE-CAIR Air Coils Characteristics
  • Inductance values from 1.65 nH up to 120 nH
  • Very high quality factor >100
  • High self-resonant frequency
  • High currents up to 3.5 A
  • Inductance tolerances 5% and 10%
  • Pick-and-place process possible
  • Good solderability (tinned connector pins)
  • Operating temperature: -40°C to 125°C
  • Especially for RF applications
  • Ideal for high current applications
  • Broad band filters
  • RF decoupling
Published: 2013-12-19