Device linearity improvement and current enhancement utilizing high-to-low doping-channel FETs

Wen Shiung Lour, Wen Chau Liu, Jung Hui Tasi, Lih Wen Laih, H. R. Chen

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Abstract

We report device linearity improvement and current enhancement in both a heterostructure FET (HFET) and a camel-gate FET (CAMFET) using InGaAs/GaAs high-low and GaAs high-medium-low doped channels, respectively. In an HFET, a low doped GaAs layer was employed to build an excellent Schottky contact. In a GaAs CAMFET, a low doped layer together with n+ and p+ layers formed a high-performance majority camel-diode gate. Both exhibit high effective potential barriers of >1.0 V and gate-to-drain breakdown voltages of >20.0V (at Ig = 1.0 mA mm-1). A thin, high doped channel was used to enhance current drivability and to improve the transconductance linearity. A 2 × 100 μm2 HFET had a peak transconductance of 230 mS mm-1 and a current density greater than 800 mA mm-1. The device had a transconductance of more than 80 percent of the peak value over a wide drain current range of 200 to 800 mA mm-1. A 1.5 × 100 μm2 CAMFET had a peak transconductance of 220 mS mm-1 and a current density greater than 800 mA mm-1. Similarly, the device had a transconductance of more than 80 percent of the peak value over a wide drain current range of 160 to 800 mA mm-1. The improvement of device linearity and the enhancement of current density suggest that high-to-low doped-channel devices for both an HFET and a CAMFET are suitable for high-power large signal circuit applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
JournalSuperlattices and Microstructures
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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