U. Radhakrishna, D. Piedra, Yuhao Zhang
Dec 1, 2013
2013 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting
High voltage GaN HEMTs are leading contenders for power conversion and switching applications . An accurate physics-based compact device model for this emerging technology is essential for device and circuit design. Several GaN HEMT compact models have been discussed but are not physics-based -. Here, a new physics-based compact model for HV-GaN HEMTs, the MIT Virtual Source GaNFET-High Voltage model (MVS-G-HV) is proposed. The model is geometry scalable and captures static and dynamic device behavior through self-consistent current and charge expressions. The access regions, which are important in device linearity  and reverse voltage blocking, are modeled as implicit-gated transistors. The model includes the effect of field plates and can be used to maximize the BV2 Gon figure-of-merit. In addition, `knee-walkout' in these devices is captured in the model through a simple trap-transistor model. The model requires a small number of parameters with straightforward physical meanings and is validated against DC-IV, S-parameter, breakdown and pulsed measurements of fabricated devices.