Design of a Fan-Out Panel-Level SiC MOSFET Power Module Using Ant Colony Optimization-Back Propagation Neural Network

Yichen Qian, Fengze Hou, Jiajie Fan, Quanya Lv, Xuejun Fan, Guoqi Zhang

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A new panel-level silicon carbide (SiC) metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) power module was developed by using the fan-out and embedded chip technologies. To achieve the more effective thermal management and higher reliability under thermal cycling, a new optimization method called Ant colony optimization-back propagation neural network (ACO-BPNN) was developed for optimizing SiC modules, and contrast it with the Response Surface Method (RSM). First, the heat dissipations of SiC MOSFET with different redistribution layer (RDL) materials were simulated through the ANSYS finite element simulation. Then, the RSM was adopted to design the experiments for optimization. Third, the optimized design considering both junction temperature and thermal-mechanical stress is obtained using RSM and ACO-BPNN. The results show that: 1) compared with nano-silver, copper has a relatively good heat dissipation effect, but nano-silver has a better thermodynamic performance, and 2) ACO-BPNN can provide more accurate optimization results without having to construct a fitness function like RSM. After optimization, the thermal management and the thermal-mechanical stress can be improved by about 3% and 11%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9431690
Pages (from-to)3460-3467
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Ant colony algorithm
  • back propagation neural network (BPNN)
  • embedded packaging
  • fan-out
  • Integrated circuit modeling
  • Mathematical model
  • Multichip modules
  • Optimization
  • response surface
  • Semiconductor device modeling
  • Silicon carbide


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