Characterization, Reliability and Packaging for 300 °C MOSFET


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Virginia Tech


Silicon carbide (SiC) is a wide bandgap material capable of higher voltage and higher temperature operation compared to its silicon (Si) counterparts due to its higher critical electric field (E-field) and higher thermal conductivity. Using SiC, MOSFETs with a theoretical high temperature operation and reliability is achievable. However, current bottlenecks in high temperature SiC MOSFETs lie within the limitations of standard packaging. Additionally, there are reliability issues relating to the gate oxide region of the MOSFET, which is exacerbated through high temperature conditions. In this thesis, high temperature effects on current-generation SiC MOSFETs are studied and analyzed. To achieve this, a high temperature package is created to achieve reliable operation of a SiC MOSFET at junction temperatures of 300 °C. The custom, high temperature package feasibility is verified through studying trends in SiC MOSFET behavior with increasing temperature up to 300 °C by static characterization. Additionally, the reliability of SiC MOSFETs at 300 °C is tested with accelerated lifetime bias tests.



silicon carbide, reliability, high temperature, characterization, packaging