Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) devices and mixed-signal circuits for extreme temperature applications

Richard Patterson, Ahmad Hammoud, Malik Elbuluk
2008 Power Electronics Specialist Conference (PESC), IEEE  
Electronic systems in planetary exploration missions and in aerospace applications are expected to encounter extreme temperatures and wide thermal swings in their operational environments. Electronics designed for such applications must, therefore, be able to withstand exposure to extreme temperatures and to perform properly for the duration of the missions. Electronic parts based on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology are known, based on device structure, to provide faster switching, consume
more » ... switching, consume less power, and offer better radiation-tolerance compared to their silicon counterparts. They also exhibit reduced current leakage and are often tailored for high temperature operation. However, little is known about their performance at low temperature. The performance of several SOI devices and mixed-signal circuits was determined under extreme temperatures, cold-restart, and thermal cycling. The investigations were carried out to establish a baseline on the functionality and to determine suitability of these devices for use in space exploration missions under extreme temperatures. The experimental results obtained on selected SOI devices are presented and discussed in this paper.
doi:10.1109/pesc.2008.4592440 fatcat:7tsfz4odbzeajgow42mxd4ixd4