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Characteristics and Utilization of a New Class of Low On-Resistance MOS-Gated Power Device



Jih-Sheng Lai, David W. Berning, Allen R. Hefner Jr., Chien-Chung Shen, B M. Song, R Zhou


A new class of MOS-gated power semiconductor devices Cool MOS has recently been introduced with a supreme conducting characteristic that overcomes the high on-state resistance limitations of the high-voltage power MOSFETs. From the application point of view, an immediate and very frequently asked question arises, as whether this device behaves like a MOSFET or an insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT). The goal of this paper is to compare and contrast the major similarities and differences between this device and the traditional MOSFET and IGBT. In this study, the new device is fully characterized for its (1) conduction characteristics, (2) switching voltage, current, and energy characteristics, (3) gate drive resistance effects, (4) output capacitance, and (5) reverse bias safe operating areas. Experimental results indicated that the conduction characteristics of the new device are similar to the MOSFET, but with much smaller on-resistance for the same chip and package size. The switching characteristics of the Cool MOS are also similar to the MOSFET in that they have fast switching speeds and do not have a current tail at turn-off. However, the effect of the gate drive resistance on the turn-off voltage rate-of-rise (dv/dt) is more like an IGBT. In otherwords, a very large gate drive resistance is required to have a significant change on dv/dt, resulting in a large turn-off delay. Overall, the device was found to behave more like a power MOSFET than like an IGBT.
Proceedings Title
Proc., IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Annual Meeting
Conference Dates
October 3-7, 1999
Conference Location
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Conference Title
IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications Society


conduction loss, Cool MOS<sup>TM</sup>, IBGT, intrinsic temperature, MOSFET, output capacitance, p-strip, RBSOA, switching loss


Lai, J. , Berning, D. , Hefner Jr., A. , Shen, C. , Song, B. and Zhou, R. (1999), Characteristics and Utilization of a New Class of Low On-Resistance MOS-Gated Power Device, Proc., IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, USA, [online], (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created October 2, 1999, Updated October 12, 2021