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Characterization, Reliability and Packaging for a 300 °C SiC MOSFET

SiC MOSFET package
Fig. 1. High temperature package for SiC MOSFET
  This paper presents work done to explore the temperature limits of current generation SiC MOSFETs and provides the ground work for developing a power module capable of reliable operation at ambient temperatures of 250° C. Since device self-heating causes the junction temperatures to be greater than 250° C, testing was performed at 300° C.
  A three-terminal package is developed for high-temperature testing. Static characterization is performed for the custom package. Finally, reliability tests in the form of high temperature gate bias (HTGB) and high temperature reverse bias (HTRB) conditions are performed to determine the elevated temperature lifetime of SiC MOSFETs.
  Fig. 1 shows the high temperature package created for reliability testing. A 1 kV SiC Wolfspeed CPM3-1000-0065B MOSFET die is selected for testing.
  Fig. 2 shows the results for the HTGB and HTRB tests. These tests were designed in accordance to standards listed in JEDEC¬ís A108C and Automotive Electronics Council¬ís (AEC) Q101 forms. Incremental static characterization was performed on the devices during the test. Every 100 hours, the devices were measured on the Agilent B1505A curve tracer. Failure was defined to be any characteristic outside of nominal datasheet values.
  Although successful static characterization at 300° C supports the idea that short-term operation of SiC MOSFETs at high temperatures is possible, experimental results show that current generation SiC MOSFETs are not reliable at temperatures of 300° C. The devices quickly break down over a period of 300 hours when stressed with accelerated lifetime bias tests.
Failure rate
Fig. 2. Failure rate of HTGB and HTRB tests
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