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Design of integrated power systems requires prototype-less approaches. Accurate simulations are necessary for analysis and verification purposes. Simulation relies on component models and associated parameters. The paper focuses on a step-by-step extraction procedure for the design parameters of a one-dimensional finite-element-method (FEM) model of the PiN diode. The design parameters are also available for diverse physics-based analytical models. The PiN diode remains a complex device to model particularly during switching transients. The paper demonstrates that a simple FEM model may be considered unknowingly of the device exact technology. Heterogeneous simulation is illustrated. The state-of-art of parameter extraction methods is briefly recalled. The proposed procedure is detailed. The diode model and extracted parameters are systematically validated from electro-thermal point-of-view. Validity domains are discussed.
Date of Publication: May 2005