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This paper presents a technique to study and estimate the dc performance of lateral power MOSFET switches used in on-chip dc-dc converters. The dc performance is characterized by the on-resistance and current distribution profile in the switch layout. In the proposed approach, a netlist is generated that consists of the parasitic resistances extracted from the metal interconnects along with the MOS device fingers present in the layout. This approach is modular and exploits repetitive patterns of power MOSFET layouts to expedite the extraction process. The extracted resistance values are computed from the geometrical and technological parameters of the metal polygons without the requirement of solving complex electromagnetic (EM) field equations. Comparison of results with an industry standard EM solver tool as well as experimental measurements amply demonstrates the computational efficiency and accuracy of the approach.
Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:31 , Issue: 9 )
Date of Publication: Sept. 2012