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Title:Modeling, Characterization, and Design of Silicon Controlled Rectifiers for Electrostatic Discharge Protection Circuits
Author(s):Di Sarro, James Paul
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Rosenbaum, Elyse
Department / Program:Electrical and Computer Engineering
Discipline:Electrical and Computer Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Engineering, Electronics and Electrical
Abstract:This dissertation focuses on the characterization, modeling, and design of silicon controlled rectifiers (SCRs) for electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection applications. The oscillatory transmission line pulse (oTLP) measurement is introduced in this work. oTLP measurements enable indirect observation of a device's charge storage duration. When applied to SCRs, this measurement illustrates that trigger voltage is a function of the past state of the device and can be reduced from its quasi-static value by stored charge. Motivated by the device behavior observed with oTLP measurements, a detailed investigation of the SCR's turn-off process is conducted with transmission line pulse (TLP) measurements and device simulations. This investigation reveals that the duration of the turn-off period is a function of well tap connection and well tap spacing. A scalable SCR compact model is developed and implemented in Verilog-A. This model captures the transient effects critical for ESD simulations and the effect of layout spacings on SCR characteristics. The model is extracted and verified in 90 nm and 130 nm technologies. A new dual-base triggered SCR design is presented. This design is shown to have low off-state leakage current, an easily adjustable trigger voltage, and increased immunity to mistriggering.
Issue Date:2009
Description:116 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3399017
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2009

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