Inductors (Coils)

Product Overview Ferrite Shield-Type Automotive Power Inductors

Ferrite Shield-Type Automotive Power InductorsThe products in the SLF-H/LTF-D/CLF-NI-D series consist of wire-wound automotive grade power inductors provided with magnetic shielding by a ferrite ring core. Their lineup includes inductors with a wide variety of sizes and inductance values, which have the high reliability required to withstand the harsh environments of automotive use. They are ideal for application in various types of automotive equipment including meters, headlights, and ECMs.

Product summary

TDK's lineup includes 3 types of ferrite shield-type automotive grade inductors. A summary of each series is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Product Summary
Series
SLF-HSeriesSLF-H
Series
LTF-DSeriesLTF-D
Series
CLF-NI-DSeriesCLF-NI-D
Series
Product Summary

Ferrite shield-type
wire-wound inductors

Inductors with wires wound around a Ni-Zn core and provided with magnetic shielding by a ring core.
Their wide lineup can support low to high inductance values.

Ferrite shield-type
wire-wound inductors

Inductors with wires wound around a Ni-Zn core and provided with magnetic shielding by a ring core.
These products support compact sizes and low profiles.

Ferrite shield-type
wire-wound inductors

Inductors with wires wound around a Ni-Zn core and provided with magnetic shielding by a ring core.
Produced on fully-automated lines for even higher reliability.
Features
  • Automotive grade: support for temperatures of 125°C
  • Wide lineup of sizes from 7 mm to 12 mm
  • Inductance range: 1.2uH to 1,500uH
  • Automotive grade: support for temperatures of 150°C
  • Compact with support for sizes from 3 to 5 mm
  • Support low profiles with product heights of 2.2 mm and less
  • Inductance range: 1.2uH to 100uH
  • Automotive grade: support for temperatures of 150°C
  • Wide lineup of sizes from 6 mm to 12 mm
  • High quality due to introduction of fully-automated line production and laser welding
  • Product designs with outstanding vibration resistance and impact resistance
  • Inductance range: 1.0 to 470uH
Uses For automotive equipment:
ECMs, airbags, headlights,
electric power steering, meters, ABS, etc.
For automotive equipment:
Sensor-related power-saving ECU applications
For automotive equipment:
ECMs, airbags, headlights,
electric power steering, meters, ABS, etc.

Product structure

The structure of each series is shown in Figure 2. All series use a structure in which wires are wound around a drum core, and a ring core is located outside of it to provide shielding.

Figure 2: Product Structure
Series SLF-H Series LTF-D Series CLF-NI-D Series
Product Structure
SLF-HSeries
SLF-HSeries
LTF-DSeries
LTF-DSeries
CLF-NI-DSeries
CLF-NI-DSeries

Product features

The features of each series are shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: List of Product Features
Series SLF-H Series LTF-D Series CLF-NI-D Series
Appearance SLF-HSeries LTF-DSeries CLF-NI-DSeries
Working Temperature Range -40~125°C
(including self-heating)
-40~150°C
(including self-heating)
-55~150°C
(including self-heating)
Magnetic Material Ferrite (Ni-Zn)
Terminal Electrode Specifications Metal terminal
(solder joints)
Metal terminal
(weld joints)

●In ferrite shield-type inductors, the magnetic flux passes through a ring core, which lowers the magnetic resistance. Compared to resin shield-types which do not have a ring core, this allows them to obtain an equivalent level of inductance with fewer windings, and can thereby reduce the RDC. Their leakage flux is also smaller, making them effective at reducing EMI as well.

Figure 4: RDC Comparison

Number of windings is small due to low magnetic resistance
・Reduction in RDC

Resin shield-type
Resin shield-type
Ferrite shield-type
Ferrite shield-type
RDC Comparison (6 mm, 100 uH)
RDC Comparison (6 mm, 100 uH)
Figure 5: Leakage Flux Comparison

Low leakage flux due to shielded structure
・Effective at reducing EMI

Vertical near magnetic field
measurement results

Resin shield-type
Resin shield-type
Ferrite shield-type (CLF-NI-D)
Ferrite shield-type
(CLF-NI-D)

Development Trends

The development trends of ferrite shield-type automotive power inductors are shown in Figure 6. In order to meet the high market quality required of automotive components, these products have evolved through the application of the material technology and production methods accumulated by TDK up to this point, with properties such as support for high temperatures, fully-automated production, and welded wire connections.

Figure 6: Development trends of ferrite shield-type automotive power inductors
Figure 6: Development trends of ferrite shield-type automotive power inductors

List of products

A list of products by series and shape is shown in Figure 7. Detailed information can be viewed and samples can be purchased by clicking on the product type name.

Figure 7: List of products
Size SLF-H Series LTF-D Series CLF-NI-D Series
3mm sqr.  
3.0x3.0mm
LTF3020-D
LTF3020-D
 
4mm sqr.  
4.0x4.0mm
LTF4022-D
LTF4022-D
 
5mm sqr.  
5.0x5.2mm
LTF5022-D
LTF5022-D
5.3x5.0mm
CLF5030NI-D
CLF5030NI-D
6mm sqr.    
6.3x6.0mm
CLF6045NI-D
CLF6045NI-D
7mm sqr.
7.0x7.0mm
SLF7045-H
SLF7045-H
 
7.4x7.0mm
CLF7045NI-D
CLF7045NI-D
10mm sqr.
10.1x10.1mm
SLF10145-H
SLF10145-H
 
10.1x10.0mm
CLF10060NI-D
CLF10060NI-D
12mm sqr.  
12.8x12.5mm
CLF12577NI-D
CLF12577NI-D

What are power inductors?

Power inductors are inductors used for power supply circuit such as DC-DC converters. They are also called power coils or power chalks. One of the inductors' characteristics is that they store energy by self-induction function. Chopper type DC-DC converters use inductors having such characteristics with switching devices for voltage conversion (see Figure 8).
Depending on the processing method, inductors can be classified into multilayer type, thin-film type, and wire-wound type. Since wire-wound type permits large current to flow, most of the power inductors are wire-wound type. Various wound-type power inductor products with ferrite or soft magnetic metal core are offered. Recently, the multilayer type and thin-film type, with which reduction of size and thickness can be achieved, are being improved to allow for larger current.

Figure 8: DC-DC converter (chopper type / step-down type) and inductor

The voltage is dropped to a desired level in accordance with the duty ratio (the ratio that indicates how long the switch is ON during the switching cycle) setting.

Switching
repeated