Distribution of the Threshold Voltage Window in Nanocrystal Memories with Si Dots Formed by Chemical Vapor Deposition: Effect of Partial Self-Ordering

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Abstract

Non volatile memories based on Si nanocrystals (Si-ncs) offer an important alternative to conventional floating gate devices, for the numerous potential advantages associated with the discrete-trap structures [1]. Isolated Si-ncs can be obtained by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) through a fully compatible CMOS process. So far, the main limitation for scaling the CVD Si-nc memories at sub-90 nm node is related to the expected fluctuation, from bit to bit, in the device threshold voltage (VTH), due to the spread in the sur- face fraction (Rdot) covered with Si dots [2]. The reason is the assumption that the dot position and the relative distance are fully random. It will be shown that the nucleation proc- ess is not purely random and the dot formation evolves with partial self-ordering. The relative dispersion of Rdot is nu- merically evaluated as a function of gate size, for random and partially self-ordered nucleation processes. The result is compared to data on VTH distribution and extrapolated to small gate areas.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine2
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2004

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