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A 4H-SiC Bipolar Technology for High-Temperature Integrated Circuits
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Integrated Devices and Circuits.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Integrated Devices and Circuits.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6459-749X
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Integrated Devices and Circuits.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8108-2631
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Integrated Devices and Circuits.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5845-3032
2013 (English)In: Journal of Microelectronics and Electronic Packaging, ISSN 1551-4897, E-ISSN 1555-8037, Vol. 10, no 4, 155-162 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A 4H-SiC bipolar technology suitable for hightemperature integrated circuits is tested with two interconnect systems based on aluminum and platinum. Successful operation of low-voltage bipolar transistors and digital integrated circuits based on emitter coupled logic (ECL) is reported from 27°C up to 500°C for both the metallization systems. When operated on -15 V supply voltage, aluminum and platinum interconnect OR-NOR gates showed stable noise margins of about 1 V and asymmetric propagation delays of about 200 and 700 ns in the whole temperature range for both OR and NOR output. The performance of aluminum and platinum interconnects was evaluated by performing accelerated electromigration tests at 300°C with current density of about 1 MA/cm² on contact chains consisting of 10 integrated resistors. Although in both cases the contact chains failed after less than one hour, different failure mechanisms were observed for the two metallization systems: electromigration for the aluminum system and poor step coverage and via filling for the platinum system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS), 2013. Vol. 10, no 4, 155-162 p.
Keyword [en]
Silicon carbide (SiC), emitter coupled logic (ECL), high temperature integrated circuits (ICs), OR-NOR gate, bipolar junction transistor (BJT), aluminum metallization, platinum metallization
National Category
Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-145366DiVA: diva2:718047
Conference
Hiten 2013
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QC 20140522

Available from: 2014-05-19 Created: 2014-05-19 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Silicon Carbide BipolarTechnology for High Temperature Integrated Circuits
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Silicon Carbide BipolarTechnology for High Temperature Integrated Circuits
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The availability of integrated circuits (ICs) capable of 500 or 600° C operation can be extremely beneficial for many important applications, such as transportation and energy sector industry. It can in fact enable the realization of improved sensing and control of turbine engine combustion leading to better fuel efficiency and reduced pollution. In addition, the possibility of placing integrated circuits in engine hot-sections can significantly reduce the weight and improve the reliability of automobiles and aircrafts, eliminating extra wires and cooling systems.

In order to develop such electronics semiconductors with superior high temperature characteristics compared to Si are required. Thanks to its wide bandgap,  almost three times that of Si, Silicon carbide (SiC) has been suggested for this purpose. Its low intrinsic carrier concentration, orders of magnitude lower than that of Si, makes SiC devices capable of operating at much higher temperatures than Si devices.

In this thesis solutions for 600° C SiC bipolar ICs have been investigated in depth at device physics, circuit and process integration level. Successful operation of devices and circuits  has been proven from -40 up to 600° C.

The developed technology features NPN and lateral PNP transistors, two levels of interconnects and one extra metal level acting as over-layer metallization for device contacts. The improved SiC etching and passivation procedures have provided NPN transistors with high current gain of approximately 200. Furthermore, non-monotonous current gain temperature dependences have been observed for NPN and PNP transistors. The current gain of NPN transistors increases with temperature at high enough temperatures above 300° C  depending on the base doping concentration. The current gain of lateral PNP transistors has, instead, shown a maximum of approximately 37 around 0° C.

Finally, high-temperature operation of 2-input ECL-based OR-NOR gates and  3- and 11-stage ring oscillators has been demonstrated. For the OR-NOR gates stable noise margins of approximately 1 or 1.5 V, depending on the gate design, have been observed up to 600° C with a delay-power consumption product of approximately 100 nJ in the range -40 to 500° C.  Ring oscillators with different designs, including more than 100 devices, have been  successfully tested in the range 27 to 300° C. Non-monotonous and almost constant temperature dependences have been observed for the oscillation frequency of 3- and 11-stage ring oscillator, respectively. In addition, room temperature propagation delays of a single inverter stage have been estimated to be approximately 100 and 40 ns for 3- and 11-stage ring oscillators, respectively. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. viii, 120 p.
Series
TRITA-ICT/MAP AVH, ISSN 1653-7610 ; 2014:07
Keyword
silicon carbide (SiC), bipolar junction transistor (BJT), current gain, surface passivation, SiC etching, complementary bipolar, lateral PNP, Darlington transistors, SPICE modeling, high-temperature, integrated circuits, emitter coupled logic (ECL)
National Category
Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145401 (URN)978-91-7595-135-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-06-10, Sal D, Forum, Isafjordgatan 39, Kista, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20140522

Available from: 2014-05-22 Created: 2014-05-19 Last updated: 2014-05-22Bibliographically approved

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