Gideon Analytical labs received one FDN337N-channel FET for failure analysis. The Drain-Source was reported shorted. Super SOTTM-3 N-Channel logic level enhancement mode power field effect transistors are produced using Fairchild's high cell density DMOS technology. This very high-density process is specially tailored to minimize on-state resistance.
These devices are particularly suited for low voltage applications in notebook computers, portable phones, PCMCIA cards, and other battery powered circuits where fast switching and low in-line power loss are needed in a very small outline surface mount package.
The plastic was removed to reveal the following:
- One of the source wires to the left was fused with the silicon (excessive inrush current)
- Near the top edge of the step oxide coverage, there is a catastrophic electrical overstress (EOS) which shorted the terminals
- Considerable heat damage was evident on oxide layer die melting the aluminum source metal. The current was too high in this application for the FET rating.
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