United States Patent Number: 5,595,514, January 21, 1997.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Gary Hughes was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
A feedthrough (34) is formed of a feedthrough plate (44) having at least one bore (46) therethrough and a feedthrough pin (48) hermetically sealed into the bore (46). The feedthrough pin (48) includes an elongated pin (50) having an axis of elongation (52), a recess (54) in at least one end of the pin (50), the recess (54) extending parallel to the axis of elongation (52), and a gold coating (56) within the recess (54). There are preferably a plurality of bores (46) in the feedthrough plate (48) and a corresponding plurality of the feedthrough pins (48). The gold coatings (56) at the ends of the feedthrough pins (48) are desirably lapped to ensure coplanarity and a smooth surface finish especially suited for wire bonding or tab bonding.
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