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Simulations of Heat Transport During Transient Electrostatic Discharge Events in a Sub-Micron Transistor

[+] Author Affiliations
Sreekant V. J. Narumanchi, Cristina H. Amon

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Jayathi Y. Murthy

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. HT-FED2004-56252, pp. 347-359; 13 pages
  • ASME 2004 Heat Transfer/Fluids Engineering Summer Conference
  • Volume 4
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, July 11–15, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division and Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4693-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3740-8
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


The thermal problem associated with the transient electrostatic discharge phenomena in sub-micron silicon transistors is fast becoming a major reliability concern in IC packages. Currently, Fourier diffusion and some simple models based on the solution to the phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) are used to predict failure (melting of silicon) in these transistors. In this study, a more comprehensive model, based on the phonon BTE and incorporating considerable details of phonon physics, is proposed and used to study the ESD problem. Transient results from the model reveal very significant discrepancies when compared to results from the other models in the literature.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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