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SOI Based Voltage Regulator for High-Temperature Applications
Keywords: Voltage Regulator, High Temperature, SOI
Developments in automotive (particularly hybrid electric vehicles), aerospace, and energy production industries have led to expanding research interest in integrated circuit (IC) design toward high-temperature applications. A high-voltage, high-temperature silicon-on-insulator (SOI) process allows for circuit design to expand into these extreme environment applications. Nearly all electronic devices require a reliable supply voltage capable of operating under various supply voltages and load currents. These supply voltages and load currents can be either DC or time-varying signals. In this work, a stable supply voltage for embedded circuits is generated on chip via a voltage regulator producing a stable 5-V output voltage. Although applications of this voltage regulator are not limited to gate driver circuits, this regulator has been developed to meet the demands of a gate driver IC. The voltage regulator must be able to provide reliable output voltage over an input range from 10 V to 30 V, a temperature range of −50°C to 200°C, and output loads from 0 mA to 200 mA. Additionally, low power stand-by operation is provided to help reduce heat generation resulting in lower operating junction temperature. The designed voltage regulator has been successfully tested from −50°C to 200°C while demonstrating an output voltage variation of less than 25 mV under the full range of input voltage. Additionally, line regulation tests from 10 V to 35 V show a 3.7-ppm/V supply sensitivity. Full temperature and input voltage range tests reveal that the no-load supply current draw is within 330 µA while still providing in excess of 200-mA load current upon demand. Further test details and design description will be provided in the paper. Modifications to the existing design or off-chip biasing can widen the range of attainable output voltages and drive capabilities.
Benjamin McCue, Graduate Research Assistant
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
USA


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