By Topic

Hot-carrier induced degradations on RF power characteristics of SiGe heterojunction bipolar transistors

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$33 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

7 Author(s)
Sheng-Yi Huang ; Dept. of Electron. Eng., Nat. Chiao Tung Univ., Hsinchu, Taiwan ; Kun-Ming Chen ; Guo-Wei Huang ; Victor Liang
more authors

Hot-carrier (HC) effects on high-frequency and RF power characteristics of Si/SiGe HBTs are investigated in this paper. By using the two-tone load-pull measurement, we find that not only the cutoff frequency, but also the output power performances of Si/SiGe HBTs are suffered by the HC stress. In this work, S-parameters and intrinsic elements of an equivalent hybrid-π model were used to validate the HC effects on high-frequency characteristics. With different bias conditions, the degradations of cutoff frequency, power gain, and linearity are found to be worse under constant base-current measurement than that under constant collector-current measurement. The HC-induced degradations on the current gain, transconductance, and ideality-factor of base and collector currents are analyzed to explain the experimental observations.

Published in:

IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 2 )