Abstract: A power rectifier having low on resistance, fast recovery times and very low forward voltage drop. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention provides a power rectifier device employing a vertical device structure, i.e., with current flow between the major surfaces of the discrete device. The device employs a large number of parallel connected cells, each comprising a MOSFET structure with a gate to drain short via a common metallization. A self aligned body implant and a shallow silicide drain contact region integrated with a metal silicide drain contact define a narrow channel region and allow very high cell density. This provides a low Vf path through the channel regions of the MOSFET cells to the contact on the other side of the integrated circuit. The present invention further provides a method for manufacturing a rectifier device which provides the above desirable device characteristics in a repeatable manner. Also, only two masking steps are required, reducing processing costs.
May 28, 1999
Date of Patent:
February 13, 2001
Advanced Power Devices, Inc.
Vladimir Rodov, Wayne Y. W. Hsueh, Paul Chang, Michael Chern