Resistor trimming geometry; past, present and future

Alafogianni, Maria, Penlington, Roger and Birkett, Martin (2015) Resistor trimming geometry; past, present and future. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 104. 012002. ISSN 1757-899X

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Abstract

This paper explores the key developments in thin film resistive trimming geometry for use in the fabrication of discrete precision resistors. Firstly an introduction to the laser trimming process is given with respect to well established trim geometries such as the plunge, 'L' and serpentine cuts. The effect of these trim patterns on key electrical properties of resistance tolerance and temperature co-efficient of resistance (TCR) of the thin films is then discussed before the performance of more recent geometries such as the three-contact and random trim approaches are reviewed. In addition to the properties of the standard trim patterns, the concept of the heat affected zone (HAZ) and ablation energy and the effect of introducing a 'fine' trim in areas of low current density to improve device performance are also studied. It is shown how trimming geometry and laser parameters can be systematically controlled to produce thin film resistors of the required properties for varying applications such as high precision, long term stability and high power pulse performance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: Martin Birkett
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 11:21
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2016 17:24
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/25710

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