Chapter 5 Bipolar Junction Transistors Chapter Goals • Explore the physical structure of bipolar transistor • Study terminal characteristics of BJT. • Explore differences between npn and pnp transistors. • Develop the Transport Model for bipolar devices. • Define four operation regions of the BJT. • Explore model simplifications for the forward active region. • Understand the origin and modeling of the Early effect. • Present a PSPICE model for the bipolar transistor. Discuss bipolar current sources and the current mirror. Physical Structure • The BJT consists of 3 alternating layers of n- and p-type semiconductor called emitter (E), base (B) and collector (C). • The majority of current enters collector, crosses the base region and exits through the emitter. A small current also enters the base terminal, crosses the base- emitter junction and exits through the emitter. • Carrier transport in the active base region directly beneath the heavily doped (n+) emitter dominates the i-v characteristics of the BJT. Transport Model for the npn Transistor • Base-emitter voltage vBE and base-collector voltage vBC determine the currents in the transistor and are said to be positive when they forward-bias their respective pn junctions. • The terminal currents are the • The narrow width of the base collector current(iC ), the base region causes a coupling between current (iB) and the emitter the two back to back pn junctions. current (iE). • The emitter injects electrons into • The primary difference between base region; almost all of them the BJT and the FET is that iB is travel across narrow base and are removed by collector. significant, while iG = 0. npn Transistor: Forward Characteristics Base current is given by i I v i F S exp BE 1 B V F F T 20 500 is forward current gain F Emitter current is given by v I i i i S exp BE 1 E C B V F T Forward transport current is v 0.95 F 1.0 i i I exp BE 1 F 1 C F S V T F IS is saturation current In this forward active operation region, 1018 A I 10 9 A i i S C C i F i F VT = kT/q =0.025 V at room temperature B E npn Transistor: Reverse Characteristics 0 20 is reverse current gain R Base currents in forward and reverse modes are different due to asymmetric doping levels in the emitter and collector regions. Emitter current is given by I v Reverse transport current is i S exp BC 1 v C V T i i I exp BC 1 R R E S V T 0 R 0.95 Base current is given by R 1 i I v R i R S exp BC 1 B V R R T npn Transistor: Complete Transport Model Equations for Any Bias v v I v i I exp BE exp BC S exp BC 1 C S V T V T R V T v v I v i I exp BE exp BC S exp BE 1 E S V T V T V F T I v I v i S exp BE 1 S exp BC 1 B V T V F R T The first term in both the emitter and collector current expressions gives the current transported completely across the base region. Symmetry exists between base-emitter and base-collector voltages in establishing the dominant current in the bipolar transistor. pnp Transistor: Operation • The voltages vEB and vCB are positive when they forward bias their respective pn junctions. • Collector current and base current exit the transistor terminals and emitter current enters the device. pnp Transistor: Forward Characteristics Base current is given by: i I v i F S exp EB 1 B V F F T Emitter current is given by: Forward transport current is: v 1 i i i I 1 exp EB 1 E C B S V i i I exp v EB 1 F T C F S V T pnp Transistor: Reverse Characteristics Base current is given by: i I v i F S exp CB 1 B V R R T Emitter current is given by: Reverse transport current is: v 1 i I 1 exp CB 1 C S V i i I exp v CB 1 R T R E S V T pnp Transistor: Complete Transport Model Equations for Any Bias v v I v i I exp EB exp CB S exp CB 1 C S V T V T R V T v v I v i I exp EB exp CB S exp EB 1 E S V T V T F V T I v I v i S exp EB 1 S exp CB 1 B V T V F R T Circuit Representation for Transport Models In the npn transistor (expressions analogous for the pnp transistors), total current traversing the base is modeled by a current source given by: v v i i i I exp BE exp BC T F R S V V T T Diode currents correspond directly to the 2 components of base current. I v I v i S exp BE 1 S exp BC 1 B V V F T R T Operation Regions of the Bipolar Transistor Base-emitter junction Base-collector junction Reverse Bias Forward Bias Forward Bias Forward active region Saturation region (Normal active region) (Not same as FET (Good Amplifier) saturation region) (Closed switch) Reverse Bias Cutoff region Reverse-active region (Open switch) (Inverse active region) (Poor amplifier) i-v Characteristics Bipolar Transistor: Common-Emitter Output Characteristics For iB=0, the transistor is cutoff. If iB >0, iC also increases. For vCE > vBE, the npn transistor is in the forward active region, iC = F iB is independent of vCE.. For vCE< vBE, the transistor is in saturation. For vCE< 0, the roles of collector and emitter are reversed. i-v Characteristics of Bipolar Transistor: Common-Emitter Transfer Characteristic This characteristic defines the relation between collector current and base-emitter voltage of the transistor. It is almost identical to the transfer characteristic of a pn junction diode. Setting vBC =0 in the collector-current expression: v i I exp BE 1 C S V T Junction Breakdown Voltages • If reverse voltage across either of the two pn junctions in the transistor is too large, the corresponding diode will break down. • The emitter is the most heavily doped region, and the collector is the most lightly doped region. • Due to these doping differences, the base-emitter diode has a relatively low breakdown voltage (3 to 10 V). The collector-base diode is typically designed to break down at much larger voltages. • Transistors must therefore be selected in accordance with the possible reverse voltages in circuit. Simplified Forward-Active Region Model In the forward-active region, the base-emitter junction is forward-biased and the base-collector junction is reverse-biased. vBE > 0, vBC < 0 If we assume that v 4kT 4kT 0.1V v 0.1V BE q BC q then the transport model terminal current equations simplify to: v I vBE i I exp BE S I exp C S V S V T R T I vBE I I vBE i S exp S S exp E V V i i T T F F F C FE I I I I i i vBE vBE FB i S exp S S S exp C B V V i ( 1)i T T E F B F F R F The BJT is often considered a current-controlled current source, although fundamental forward active behavior suggests a voltage-controlled current source. Simplified Circuit Model for Forward- Active Region • Current in the base-emitter diode is amplified by the common-emitter current gain F and appears at the collector • The base and collector currents are exponentially related to the base-emitter voltage. • The base-emitter diode is often replaced by a constant voltage drop model (VBE = 0.7 V), since it is forward-biased in the forward-active region. Simplified Forward-Active Region Model (Analysis Example) • Problem: Find Q-point • Given data: F = 50, VBC =VB - VC= -9 V • Assumptions: Forward-active region of operation, VBE = 0.7 V • Analysis: V 8200I (V ) 0 BE E EE 8.3V I 1.01mA E 8200 I 1.02mA I E 19.8A B 1 51 F I I 0.990mA C F B V (V )V V CE EE CC R V 9 9 8.3 9.7V CE Note: V I R here. R E Biasing for BJT • The goal of biasing is to establish a known Q-point, which in turn establishes the initial operating region of transistor. • In BJT circuits, the Q-point is represented by (VCE, IC) for the npn transistor or (VEC, IC) for the pnp transistor. • In general, during circuit analysis, we use a simplified mathematical relationships derived for the specified operation region of the transistor. • The practical biasing circuits used with BJTs are: – The Four-Resistor Bias network – The Two-Resistor Bias network Four-Resistor Bias Network for BJT R RR V V 1 R 1 2 EQ CC R R EQ R R 1 2 1 2 V R I V R I F 75 EQ EQ B BE E E 4 12,000I 0.716,000( 1)I B F B 4V-0.7V I 2.68A I I 201A B 1.2310 6 C F B I ( 1)I 204A E F B V V R I R I CE CC C C E E R R E I 4.32V CE Loop V BE Loop CC C C F Q-point is (4.32 V, 201 A) Four-Resistor Bias Network for BJT (Check Analysis) • All calculated currents > 0, VBC = VBE - VCE = 0.7 - 4.32 = - 3.62 V • Hence, the base-collector junction is reverse-biased and the assumption of forward-active region operation is correct. • The load-line for the circuit is: R V V R F I 12 38,200I CE CC C C C F The two points needed to plot the load line are (0, 12 V) and (314 A, 0). The resulting load line is plotted on the common-emitter output characteristics for IB= 2.7 A. The intersection of the corresponding characteristic with the load line determines the Q-point. Four-Resistor Bias Network for BJT: Design Objectives • From the BE loop analysis, we know that VV V V I EQ BE EQ BE for REQ (F 1)RE B R ( 1)R ( 1)R EQ F E F E • This will imply that IB << I2 so that I1 = I2 to good approximation in the base voltage divider. Then the base current doesn’t disturb the voltage divider action, and the Q-point will be approximately independent of base voltage divider current. • Also, VEQ is designed to be large enough that small variations in the assumed value of VBE won’t have a significant effect on IB. • Base voltage divider current is limited by choosing I I / 5 2 C This ensures that power dissipation in base bias resistors is < 17 % of the total quiescent power consumed by the circuit, while I2 >> IB. Four-Resistor Bias Network for BJT: Design Guidelines • Choose I2 = IC/5. This means that (R1+R2) = 5VCC/IC . • Let ICRC =IERE = (VCC - VCE)/2. Then RC = (VCC - VCE)/2IC; RE =FRC • If REQ<<(F+1)RE, then IERE = VEQ - VBE. • Then (VCC - VCE)/2 = VEQ - VBE, or VEQ = (VCC - VCE + VBE)/2. • Since VEQ = VCCR1/(R1 +R2) and (R1+R2) = 5VCC/IC, VCC VCE 2VBE 5VCC VCC VCE 2VBE R1 5 2VCC IC 2IC • Then R2 = 5VCC/IC - R1. • Check that REQ<<(F+1)RE. If not, adjust bullets 1 and 2 above. Note: In the LabVIEW bias circuit design VI (NPNBias.vi), bullet 1 • is called the “Base Margin” and bullet 2 is called the “C-E V(oltage) Drops”. Problem 5.87 4-R Bias Circuit Design Two-Resistor Bias Network for BJT: Example • Problem: Find the Q-point for the pnp transistor in the 2-resistor bias circuit shown below. • Given data: F = 50, VCC = 9 V • Assumptions: Forward-active region operation with VEB = 0.7 V • Analysis: 9 V 18,000I 1000(I I ) EB B C B 9 V 18,000I 1000(51)I EB B B 9V 0.7V I 120A B 69,000 I 50I 6.01mA C B V 91000(I I ) 2.87V EC C B Q-point is : (6.01 mA, 2.87 V) PNP Transistor Switch Circuit Design Emitter Current for PNP Switch Design BJT PSPICE Model • Besides the capacitances which are associated with the physical structure, additional model components are: diode current iS, capacitance CJS, related to the large area pn junction that isolates the collector from the substrate and one transistor from the next. • RB is the resistance between external base contact and intrinsic base region. • Collector current must pass through RC on its way to the active region of the collector-base junction. • RE models any extrinsic emitter resistance in the device. BJT PSPICE Model -- Typical Values Saturation Current = 3 e-17 A Forward current gain = 100 Reverse current gain = 0.5 Forward Early voltage = 75 V Base resistance = 250 Collector Resistance = 50 Emitter Resistance = 1 Forward transit time = 0.15 ns Reverse transit time = 15 ns Minority Carrier Transport in Base Region • With a narrow base region, minority carrier density decreases linearly across the base, and the Saturation Current (NPN) is: n qADn n 2 I qADn bo i where S W N W B AB B NAB = the doping concentration in the base ni2 = the intrinsic carrier concentration (1010/cm3) nbo = ni2 / NAB Dn = the diffusivity = (kT/q)n p qAD p n 2 • Saturation current for the PNP transistor is: I S qAD p bo i W N W B DB B • Due to the higher mobility () of electrons compared to holes, the npn transistor conducts higher current than the pnp for equivalent doping and applied voltages. Diffusion Capacitance • For vBE and hence iC to change, charge stored in the base region must also change. • Diffusion capacitance in parallel with the forward-biased base-emitter diode produces a good model for the change in charge with vBE. dQ 1 qAnboWB v I BE T C exp D dv V 2 V F BE Q point T T VT • Since transport current normally represents collector current in the forward-active region, I C C D V F T Early Effect and Early Voltage • As reverse-bias across the collector-base junction increases, the width of the collector-base depletion layer increases and the effective width of base decreases. This is called “base-width modulation”. • In a practical BJT, the output characteristics have a positive slope in the forward-active region, so that collector current is not independent of vCE. • “Early” effect: When the output characteristics are extrapolated back to where the iC curves intersect at common point, vCE = -VA (Early voltage), which lies between 15 V and 150 V. • Simplified F.A.R. equations, which include the Early effect, are: v I v i S exp BE 1 CE B V F FO V FO T A v v i I exp BE 1 CE I C S V V F B T A BJT Current Mirror • The collector terminal of a BJT in the forward-active region mimics the behavior of a current source. • Output current is independent of VCC as long as VCC ≥ 0.8 V. This puts the BJT in the forward-active region, since VBC ≤ - 0.1 V. • Q1 and Q2 are assumed to be a “matched” pair with identical IS, FO, and VA,. V V I BB BE I I I REF R C1 B1 B2 BJT Current Mirror (continued) V V I V I I exp BE 1 CE1 2 S exp BE REF S V V V T A FO T V 1 CE 2 V V V I I exp BE 1 CE 2 I A C2 S V V REF V 2 T A 1 BE V V A FO 1 CE2 I V MR O A is the "Mirror Ratio". I V REF 1 BE 2 V A FO With an infinite FO and VA (ideal device), the mirror ratio is unity. Finite current gain and Early voltage introduce a mismatch between the output and reference currents of the mirror. BJT Current Mirror: Example • Problem: Find output current for given current mirror • Given data: FO = 75, VA = 50 V • Assumptions: Forward-active operation region, VBE = 0.7 V • Analysis: V V I BB BE 12V 0.7V 202A REF R 56k 1 12 I MR I (202A) 75 223A O REF 1 0.7 2 75 50 VBE = 6.7333e-01 IC2 = 5.3317e-04 IC21 = 5.3317e-04 BJT Current Mirror: Altering the Mirror Ratio A I I E where ISO is the saturation current of a BJT S SO A with one unit of emitter area: AE =1(A). The actual dimensions of A are technology- dependent. The Mirror Ratio of a BJT current mirror can be changed by simply changing the relative sizes of the emitters in the transistors. For the “ideal” case, the Mirror Ratio is determined only by the ratio of the two emitter areas. V 1 CE 2 V A I n.I A n E2 O REF V 2 A 1 BE E1 V A FO BJT Current Mirror: Output Resistance • A current source using BJTs doesn’t have an output current that is completely independent of the terminal voltage across it, due to the finite value of Early voltage. The current source seems to have a resistive component in series with it. V v V v 1 CE2 ce2 1 CE o V V i i I A I A O C2 REF V 2 REF V 2 1 BE 1 BE V V A FO A FO 1 1 io I V Ro C2 A vo V V I Q pt A CE O • Ro is defined as the “small signal” output resistance of the current mirror.
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