Device Modeling

Lead by

Alan Mantooth

Alan Mantooth

Distinguished Professor, Electrical Engineering



Physics-Based Compact Modeling of Gallium Nitride (GaN) Devices for Advanced Power Electronics

For grid-connected power electronics applications, there is a need for power switches that can operate at high voltage, at high temperature, and at high switching frequencies. A power switch device realized using a wide bandgap material, such as SiC or GaN, can provide superior performance as compared to a conventional silicon device, due to its material property advantages. One barrier to widespread adoption of wide bandgap semiconductor devices is the availability of high fidelity compact models for circuit simulation. Without a model to accurately portray the behavior of the devices, circuit designers are unable to predict the performance advantages seen by using these materials and thus are not likely to insist on their use over traditional silicon devices.

The project goal is to develop a high-performance compact model for GaN semiconductor devices. A compact model is a nonlinear ordinary differential equation-based representation of the semiconductor device behavior. If this behavior is that of the charge movement and current flow within the device as a function of externally applied voltages and currents, then we refer to it as a physics-based model. Often the physical equations used to describe the device behavior must be approximations to partial differential equations in two or three dimensions. The challenge that faces all compact modelers is to make rational approximations while simultaneously faithfully reproducing device characteristics and formulating the model so that it executes fast with no convergence problems.

BSIM4 based Compact Model of Low-Voltage SiC CMOS for Integrated Circuit Design

Our IC Design group has designed mixed-signal ICs for the past few years using Low-Voltage SiC CMOS devices. The design group quickly found that they needed better compact models for design. Research started immediately with simple modifications to BIM3v3 that led to innovations in BSIM4.7.0 such as including novel physical effects in the p-channel gate trapping states. As a fabrication of SiC CMOS devices continues to evolve, the compact device models will need to evolve as well and that is the basis of this research project.

Past Projects
  • SiC Super Junction Compact Model

  • IGBT Compact Model

  • JBS Compact Model

  • JFET Compact Model

  • MM20 LDMOS Compact Model Modified for Low Temperature