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Non-rad-hard power MOSFET question – EDN


A client who was somewhat given to wishful thinking wanted to use power MOSFETs that were not characterized for radiation environment service in a radiation exposed power supply application. It was like asking if Play-Doh could be useful for making automobile tires.

In short, to harden or not to harden should never be a question regarding using semiconductors in a radiation environment.

I would like to share a communication with you as follows:

It took a day to get back the answer, but the answer was clear and unequivocal: 

John Dunn is an electronics consultant, and a graduate of The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (BSEE) and of New York University (MSEE).

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