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Modelling of metal degradation in power devices under active cycling conditions

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5 Author(s)
W. Kanert ; Infineon Technologies AG, Am Campeon 1-12, 85579 Neubiberg, Germany ; R. Pufall ; O. Wittler ; R. Dudek
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Metal degradation has recently received increased attention as a failure mechanism in power devices under active cycling conditions, i.e. under repeated pulsed voltage/current loads. Both electro-thermal and thermo-mechanical simulation are indispensable for understanding this mechanisms. The paper presents experimental and simulation data for a dedicated test structure. A suitable lifetime model has to go beyond a simple Coffin-Manson type model to capture the essential influencing parameters.

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Thermal, Mechanical and Multi-Physics Simulation and Experiments in Microelectronics and Microsystems (EuroSimE), 2011 12th International Conference on

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18-20 April 2011