This paper analyzes two important reliability issues in AlGaN/GaN devices: positive bias temperature instability (PBTI) and time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB). The summarized results of our previous PBTI studies in MOS-HEMTs show that the threshold voltage degradation in devices with SiO2 as gate dielectric is characterized by a universal decreasing behavior of the trapping rate parameter and is ascribed to charge trapping in the SiO2 and at the SiO2/GaN interface. On the contrary, the degradation observed in Al2O3-and AlN/Al2O3-gate stacks is mainly attributed to charge capture in the pre-existing dielectric traps with a negligible interface state generation. Additionally, the insertion of a thin AlN layer impacts on the device reliability because larger trap density, faster charge trapping, wider trap energy distribution and slower charge release are observed compared with devices without this layer. The dielectric importance of GaN-based devices has been also investigated in Schottky Barrier Diodes (SBDs) with a gated edge termination (GET). Our recent TDDB results indicate a narrower Weibull distribution, and a longer time to failure in devices with a double GET layer structure and with a thick passivation layer (2 GET-THICK) than in single GET devices with a thin passivation (1 GET-THIN). Therefore, the former structure is more suitable for high-power and high-Temperature applications.

Reliability in GaN-based devices for power applications

Acurio, Eliana;Trojman, Lionel;Crupi, Felice;
2018

Abstract

This paper analyzes two important reliability issues in AlGaN/GaN devices: positive bias temperature instability (PBTI) and time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB). The summarized results of our previous PBTI studies in MOS-HEMTs show that the threshold voltage degradation in devices with SiO2 as gate dielectric is characterized by a universal decreasing behavior of the trapping rate parameter and is ascribed to charge trapping in the SiO2 and at the SiO2/GaN interface. On the contrary, the degradation observed in Al2O3-and AlN/Al2O3-gate stacks is mainly attributed to charge capture in the pre-existing dielectric traps with a negligible interface state generation. Additionally, the insertion of a thin AlN layer impacts on the device reliability because larger trap density, faster charge trapping, wider trap energy distribution and slower charge release are observed compared with devices without this layer. The dielectric importance of GaN-based devices has been also investigated in Schottky Barrier Diodes (SBDs) with a gated edge termination (GET). Our recent TDDB results indicate a narrower Weibull distribution, and a longer time to failure in devices with a double GET layer structure and with a thick passivation layer (2 GET-THICK) than in single GET devices with a thin passivation (1 GET-THIN). Therefore, the former structure is more suitable for high-power and high-Temperature applications.
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AlGaN/GaN SBD; breakdown voltage; de-Trapping; GET; MOS-HEMT; PBTI; reliability; TDDB; trapping; Artificial Intelligence; Computer Science Applications1707 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition; Energy Engineering and Power Technology; Biomedical Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Control and Optimization
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