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Electrothermal simulation and design of integrated circuits

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4 Author(s)
W. van Petegem ; Dept. Elektrotechniek, Katholieke Univ., Leuven, Belgium ; B. Geeraerts ; W. Sansen ; B. Graindourze

An accurate prediction of the electrothermal behavior of power integrated devices is required to design circuits in an efficient way. An electrothermal simulator (ETS) is a combination of SPICE with finite element code, in a relaxation procedure. It simulates the full electrothermal behavior of integrated circuits. Static and dynamic simulations of typical examples, reveal the value of ETS for high-power applications. Some specific design rules are derived. They are simple formulas, which estimate the temperature (gradients) on chip. They can be used before any CPU-time consuming simulation takes place which allows a more efficient design and prototype phase

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IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 2 )