Atomistic Simulations of Reliability

By Dragica Vasileska

Arizona State University

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Discrete impurity effects in terms of their statistical variations in number and position in the inversion and depletion region of a MOSFET, as the gate length is aggressively scaled, have recently been researched as a major cause of reliability degradation observed in intra-die and die-to-die threshold voltage variation on the same chip resulting in significant variation in saturation drive (on) current and transconductance degradation –two key metrics for benchmark performance of digital and analog integrated circuits. In the following chapter, the authors have highlighted the random dopant fluctuation (RDF) based Ensemble Monte Carlo (EMC) device simulation study conducted by the Computational Electronics (COMPUTEL) research group of Arizona State University. In addition to RDF, random number and position of interface traps lying close to Si:SiO2 interface en-gender additional concerns leading to enhanced experimentally observed fluctua-tions in drain current and threshold voltage. In this context, the authors of this chapter present novel EMC based simulation studies on trap induced random tele-graph noise (RTN) responsible for statistical fluctuation pattern observed in threshold voltage, its standard deviation and drive current in saturation for 45 nm gate length MOSFET device. From the observed simulation results and their analysis, it can be cogently projected that with continued scaling in gate length and width, RTN effect will eventually supersede as a major reliability bottleneck over the typical RDF phenomenon. The fluctuation patterns observed by EMC simulation outcomes for both drain current and threshold voltage have been ana-lyzed and explained from analytical device physics perspectives.

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