Proceedings of the Second European Workshop on Low Temperature Electronics
J. Phys. IV France 06 (1996) C3-125-C3-129
Optimization of Early Voltage for Cooled SiGe HBT Precision Current SourcesA.J. Joseph, J.D. Cressler and D.M. Richey
Electrical Engineering Department, 200 Broun Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5201, U.S.A.
The influence of Ge profile shape on the temperature characteristics of two key analog transistor parameters, Early voltage (VA) and current gain-Early voltage product (βVA), in SiGe HBTs have been studied over the temperature range of 300K-77K using SCORPIO, a transistor simulation tool calibrated to measured data . A new version of SPICE that accounts for the temperature dependence of VA was used to model the various SiGe HBTs simulated and thereby evaluate the cryogenic performance of SiGe HBT precision current sources, which are strongly influenced by the variations in both β and VA. Results clearly indicate that the cryogenic performance of these SiGe current sources can be significantly improved by using a graded Ge profile instead of a constant Ge profile in the base region of the HBT.
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