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New partial SOI LDMOS device with high power-added efficiency for 2 GHz RF power amplifier applications

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4 Author(s)
Y. C. Liang ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Nat. Univ. of Singapore, Singapore ; Shuming Xu ; Changhong Ren ; Pang-Dow Foo

For cellular applications, it is important to raise the power-added efficiency of the RF power amplifier. For this, lower output capacitance for a transistor device is a vital factor in obtaining higher efficiency. In order to improve the LDMOS output properties, a new partial SOI RF LDMOS structure is proposed in this paper. The partial SOI structure is built on an ordinary bulk wafer to avoid the high cost of using an SOI starting wafer. By optimising the transistor structure, a 57% reduction of the output capacitance and a 37% output power increase were obtained by MEDICI simulations. In addition, the oxide layer underneath the drain emitter can divert some crowded electric fields. Therefore, for devices with the same blocking voltage capability, the proposed structure uses a thinner epi-layer. This decreases the thickness of the p+ sinker junction as well as that of the device. These properties prove to be of great advantage in RF power amplification applications, as it would maximise power added efficiency (PAE) and integration abilities. Laboratory measurements on the fabricated samples showed that more than 50% reduction in Cds can be achieved

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Industrial Electronics Society, 2000. IECON 2000. 26th Annual Confjerence of the IEEE  (Volume:2 )

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