On the origin of dynamic Ron in commercial GaN-on-Si HEMTs

Serge Karboyan*, Michael J. Uren, Manikant, James W. Pomeroy, Martin Kuball

*Corresponding author for this work

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There are huge differences in dynamic on-resistance Ron, also known as current-collapse, between current GaN power HEMT technologies. Here we illustrate this fact with dynamic Ron measurements on two commercially available devices from 2 different manufacturers, with one showing more than a factor of 2 increase in dynamic Ron after OFF-state drain bias (type 1) and the other one <15% change. HTRB stress for 1000h and 3000h on type 1 and type 2 respectively was found to only make subtle changes to dynamic Ron, with type 1 still showing a much larger dynamic Ron than type 2. A model for dynamic Ron is presented based on a floating, highly resistive, epitaxial buffer whose potential is determined by parasitic leakage paths. The difficulty in controlling local leakage paths can explain the problems that manufacturers are still finding in suppressing dynamic Ron.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-311
Number of pages6
JournalMicroelectronics Reliability
Early online date18 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

Structured keywords

  • CDTR


  • Buffer design
  • Commercial GaN HEMTs
  • Current collapse
  • Dynamic R
  • HTRB stress
  • Leakage path


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