NASA Logo

NTRS

NTRS - NASA Technical Reports Server

Back to Results
Extreme Temperature Performance of Automotive-Grade Small Signal Bipolar Junction TransistorsElectronics designed for space exploration missions must display efficient and reliable operation under extreme temperature conditions. For example, lunar outposts, Mars rovers and landers, James Webb Space Telescope, Europa orbiter, and deep space probes represent examples of missions where extreme temperatures and thermal cycling are encountered. Switching transistors, small signal as well as power level devices, are widely used in electronic controllers, data instrumentation, and power management and distribution systems. Little is known, however, about their performance in extreme temperature environments beyond their specified operating range; in particular under cryogenic conditions. This report summarizes preliminary results obtained on the evaluation of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) automotive-grade NPN small signal transistors over a wide temperature range and thermal cycling. The investigations were carried out to establish a baseline on functionality of these transistors and to determine suitability for use outside their recommended temperature limits.
Document ID
20180000690
Document Type
Other
Authors
Boomer, Kristen (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Damron, Benny (Jacobs Engineering and Science Services and Skills Augmentation Group (ESSSA) Huntsville, AL, United States)
Gray, Josh (Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, IN, United States)
Hammoud, Ahmad (Vantage Partners, LLC Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
January 24, 2018
Publication Date
January 5, 2018
Subject Category
Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Report/Patent Number
GRC-E-DAA-TN46661
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNM12AA41C
WBS: WBS 724297.40.49.03.01
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNC12BA01B
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
Thermal Cycling
Automotive-Grade Part

Available Downloads

NameType 20180000690.pdf STI