Won Sik Hong, Mi Song Kim, Oh Chulmin, Yongjin Joo, Youngseok Kim, Kyoung-Kuk Hong
||JOM, 2020, Vol.72 (2), pp.889-897
Pressureless silver (Ag) sintering was optimized at 250°C in vacuum and nitrogen gas atmosphere with silicon carbide (SiC) chips, and silicon nitride active metal-brazed substrates (AMB). A 1200-V/200-A power module was developed using a pressureless Ag-sintered live SiC metal-oxide-semicon-ductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) device and a Si3N4 AMB substrate module, and diverse reliability tests were performed. The void content and the bonding layer thickness of the Ag sinter joints were 1.2-3.4% and 68.5 µm. The bonding strength of the Ag sinter joints after thermal cycling testing (TCT) were slightly decreased due to the crack generation. In contrast, high-temperature storage testing (HTST) was carried out for a long time at high temperature, the sintering... process occurred continuously, and the shear strength increased by 31% after HTST. The drain-source on-resistance (RDS(ON)) of a SiC MOSFET power module before and after the TCT and power cycle test was similar to the as-sintered state without change.