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Wirewound Ferrite Beads:
Outperforming Traditional
Chip Ferrite Beads

What is a Ferrite Bead?

Ferrite beads, or ferrite chokes, are used as low pass filters to eliminate high frequency noise while allowing low frequency signals or DC current to pass through a circuit. The noise may come from any number of sources including high-frequency switching noise from a power-supply circuit or RF noise in an RF signal-isolation circuit that must be minimized to ensure both signal integrity and antenna efficiency.

Ferrite beads, whether chip or wirewound, are used to filter electromagnetic interference (EMI). You may be surprised to discover that wirewound ferrite beads provide a high magnitude of attenuation over a wide frequency range, whereas traditional thick-film chip ferrite beads have limited options for both attenuation and frequency range.

Wirewound Versus Traditional Chip

In addition to offering better attenuation and frequency performance than their chip counterparts, wirewound ferrite beads also provide lower DC resistance (DCR) and higher current ratings without core saturation, resulting in the highest possible performance in the smallest size.

Wirewound versus Traditional Chip

Coilcraft wirewound ferrite beads come in standard package sizes from 0201 (0603) to 1812 (4532), all providing extremely low DCR while maintaining high filtering impedance over the broadband frequency range. These features enhance the performance of the choke circuit while potentially reducing board space by replacing a larger chip ferrite bead with an equivalent, or higher-performing wirewound ferrite bead.

Figure 1 and Figure 2 demonstrate how Coilcraft wirewound ferrite beads provide superior broadband performance compared to both low- and high-DCR chip ferrite beads. Figure 1 compares the Coilcraft 0402DF-121 wirewound ferrite bead to the lowest-DCR 0402-sized chip ferrite bead. The 0402DF offers higher impedance across the frequency range, providing a greater measure of filtering from 100 MHz and above. Compared to typical high-DCR chip ferrite beads, the Coilcraft wirewound ferrite bead maintains the same high frequency attenuation while providing higher current ratings and 40 percent better DCR.

Wirewound vs Traditional Chip Wirewound vs Traditional Chip
Figure 1 Figure 2

What Types of Ferrite Beads does Coilcraft Manufacture?

  • Ferrite construction for higher current handling
  • Higher inductance values than other inductors
  • Low Losses for low frequency filter applications
  • RoHS Compliant, halogen free, 260°C compatible
  • Samples are available in Coilcraft Designer's Kits
  • Click on a table row below for detailed information
    about each ferrite bead series

Series Size Max Height Impedance Range (Ohms)
0201AF 0201 (0603) 0.18 mm 19.89 - 118.6 @ 100 MHz
159.9 - 1,089 @ 900 MHz
026011F 0201 (0603) 0.25 mm 91.52 - 320.5 @ 100 MHz
747.2 - 3,435 @ 900 MHz
0402DF 0402 (1005) 0.66 mm 11.98 - 5,270 @ 100 MHz
93.76 - 7,628 @ 900 MHz
0402AF 0402 (1005) 0.66 mm 11.23 - 331.3 @ 100 MHz
82.23 - 3,593 @ 900 MHz
0603AF 0603 (1608) 0.91 mm 8.83 - 3,807.7 @ 100 MHz
48.14 - 6,332 @ 900 MHz
0603LS 0603 (1608) 1.12 mm 28.21 - 5,760 @ 100 MHz
27.89 - 3,815 @ 900 MHz
0805AF 0805 (2012) 1.52 mm 65.61 - 7,069 @ 100 MHz
26.14 - 2,451 @ 900 MHz
0805LS 0805 (2012) 1.60 mm 48.54 - 7,765 @ 100 MHz
28.82 - 2,265 @ 900 MHz
1008AF 1008 (2520) 1.91 mm 6.09 - 66.51 @ 1 MHz
59.29 - 721.8 @ 10 MHz
1008LS 1008 (2520) 2.03 mm 6.56 - 682.9 @ 1 MHz
63.95 - 7,511 @ 10 MHz
1812LS 1812 (4532) 3.43 mm 77.85 - 7,167 @ 1 MHz
770.7 - 191,219 @ 10 MHz

Tools

Ferrite Bead Finder

Ferrite Bead Comparison

S-Parameter and Spice Models

Designer's Kits

Related Application Notes

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LC Filter Reference Design

What's Next?

View more: Getting Started Series



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