Improved External Base Resistance Extraction for Submicrometer InP/InGaAs DHBT Models

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

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An improved direct parameter extraction method is proposed for III–V heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) external base resistance $R_{\rm bx}$ extraction from forward active $S$-parameters. The method is formulated taking into account the current dependence of the intrinsic base–collector capacitance found in III–V HBTs with a fully depleted collector. It is shown that the real part of $Z_{11} - Z_{12}$ reduces to the external base resistance at the collector current $I_{c} = I_{p}/(\hbox{1} - X_{0})$, where $I_{p}$ is a characteristic current and $X_{0}$ is the zero-current distribution factor given as the ratio of the emitter to the collector area. The determination of the parameters $I_{p}$ and $X_{0}$ from experimental $S$-parameters is described. The method is applied to high-speed submicrometer InP/InGaAs DHBT devices and leads to small-signal equivalent circuit models, which accurately predicts the measured $S$-parameters as well as the maximum stable power gain/maximum available power gain in the frequency range from 40 MHz to 110 GHz.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Publication date2011
Volume58
Issue9
Pages3004-3011
ISSN00189383
DOIs
StatePublished
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 6

Keywords

  • Heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT), Direct parameter extraction, Small-signal model, InP
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