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8 A, 200 V normally-off cascode GaN-on-Si HEMT: From epitaxy to double pulse testing

Baby, R and Mandal, M and Roy, SK and Bardhan, A and Muralidharan, R and Basu, K and Raghavan, S and Nath, DN (2023) 8 A, 200 V normally-off cascode GaN-on-Si HEMT: From epitaxy to double pulse testing. In: Microelectronic Engineering, 282 .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mee.2023.112085


In this paper, we provide a comprehensive study on all aspects of development of normally-off multi-finger III-nitride HEMT on Silicon in cascode configuration. AlGaN/GaN HEMT epi-stack with in situ SiN cap was grown on 2-in. Silicon (111) using MOCVD, utilizing a 2-step AlN nucleation, step-graded AlGaN transition layer and C-doped GaN buffer. Depletion-mode HEMTs in winding gate geometry with a gate width of 30 mm were fabricated with thick electroplated metal contacts and an optimized bilayer SiN passivation. Devices were diced and packaged in TO254 with conducting epoxy and Au-coated ceramic substrate. These packaged D-mode HEMTs exhibited a threshold voltage (Vth) of �12 V, maximum ON current of 10 A, and a 3-terminal hard breakdown in excess of 400 V. Bare dies of D-mode HEMTs were then integrated with commercially procured silicon MOSFET in a TO254 package in cascode configuration to achieve Vth > 2 V, ON current of 8 A, and breakdown >200 V. The normally-off cascaded GaN HEMTs were subjected to various gate and drain stress measurements and were found to exhibit a Vth shift of 10 mV after 1000 s of positive gate (+5 V) stress. The input and output capacitances of the cascode devices were measured to be 1 nF and 0.8 nF, respectively. The 3rd quadrant operation was checked at 8 A on-state current level to reveal a lower voltage drop of 0.7 V. Finally, cascode HEMTs were subjected to double pulsed testing (DPT) using a half-bridge evaluation board. On and off rise times of 52 ns and 59 ns were obtained along with energy loss of 25 μJ and 20 μJ, respectively, for devices switched at 8 A, 100 V. © 2023 Elsevier B.V.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Microelectronic Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Elsevier B.V.
Keywords: Aluminum gallium nitride; Aluminum nitride; Analog circuits; Capacitance; Cascode amplifiers; Drain current; Energy dissipation; Fabrication; Gallium nitride; Gold compounds; III-V semiconductors; MOSFET devices; Semiconductor alloys; Silicon; Silicon nitride; Threshold voltage, AlGaN/GaN on silicon; Cascode; Cascoded -normally-off HEMT; Device fabrications; Double pulse; Double pulse switching; GaN on silicon; Large periphery device fabrication; Normally off; Pulse switching, High electron mobility transistors
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2023 12:41
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2023 12:41
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/83119

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