Gideon Analytical Laboratories received two Vishay phototriac 4208s for failure analysis. A TRIAC is a generic trademark for a three-terminal electronic component that conducts current in either direction when triggered. Its formal name is bidirectional triode thyristor or bilateral triode thyristor. A thyristor is analogous to a relay in that a small voltage and current can control a much larger voltage and current.TRIACs are a subset of thyristors and are related to silicon controlled rectifiers(SCRs). TRIACs differ from SCRs in that they allow current flow in both directions, whereas an SCR can only conduct current in a single direction. Most TRIACs can be triggered by applying either a positive or negative voltage to the gate. We were given no information regarding these Vishay phototriac 4208s. The goal was to determine why they were failing.
Failure analysis was performed on the Vishay phototriacs. We began with the first sample. It was electrically tested, and a resistive short was found between pins 1-2. Dye penetration revealed the package to be susceptible to ingress along the lead frame. SEM-EDS was performed. Micrographs of the diodes were taken, and a spectrum produced. The EDS spectrum showed silver. The second sample went through the same process. We tested it electrically and resistance measured 224 ohms. Pad 5 on sample 2 had minimal carbon deposits. SEM-EDS analysis was performed. In conclusion, there were several problems with the Vishay phototriac 4208s. Silver had migrated from the lead frame up the sides and on to the top diode surface.
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