Design and Impact on ESD/LU Immunities by Drain-Side Super-Junction Structures in Low-(High-)Voltage MOSFETs for the Power Applications

Shen-Li CHEN  Yu-Ting HUANG  Shawn CHANG  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E101-C   No.3   pp.143-150
Publication Date: 2018/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Electromagnetic Theory
electrostatic discharge (ESD),  holding voltage (Vh),  n-channel lateral-diffused MOSFET (nLDMOS),  secondary breakdown current (It2),  super-junction (SJ),  trigger voltage (Vt1),  

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In this study, the reference pure metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) and low-voltage (LV) and high-voltage (HV) MOSFETs with a super-junction (SJ) structure in the drain side were experimentally compared. The results show that the drain-side engineering of SJs exerts negative effects on the electrostatic discharge (ESD) and latch-up (LU) immunities of LV n-channel MOSFETs, whereas for LV p-channel MOSFETs and HV n-channel laterally diffused MOSFETs (nLDMOSs), the effects are positive. Compared with the pure MOSFET, electrostatic discharge (ESD) robustness (It2) decreased by approximately 30.25% for the LV nMOS-SJ, whereas It2 increased by approximately 2.42% and 46.63% for the LV pMOS-SJ and HV nLDMOS-SJ, respectively; furthermore, LU immunity (Vh) decreased by approximately 5.45% for the LV nMOS-SJ, whereas Vh increased by approximately 0.44% and 35.5% for the LV pMOS-SJ and HV nLDMOS-SJ, respectively. Thus, nMOS-SJ (pMOS-SJ and nLDMOS-SJ) has lower (higher) It2 and Vh, and this drain-side SJ structure of MOSFETs is an inferior (superior) choice for improving the ESD/LU reliability of LV nMOSs (LV pMOS and HV nLDMOS).