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It has been observed that power MOSFETs can experience an SEGR and continue to function with altered parameters. We propose that there are three different types of SEGR modes; the micro-break, the thermal runaway, and the avalanche breakdown. Data that demonstrates these stages of device failure are presented as well as a proposed model for the micro-break. Brief discussions of the other modes, based on analysis combined with our interpretations of the older literature, are also given.