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Insight into the aggravated lifetime reliability in advanced MOSFETs with strained-Si channels on SiGe strain-relaxed buffers due to self-heating

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony O'Neill, Dr Sarah Olsen



This brief compares the quality of ultrathin SiON dielectrics of nMOSFETs grown on strained-Si layers with both thin and thick SiGe strain-relaxed buffers (SRBs). The gate leakage in the strained-Si samples is found to be temperature-dependent, suggesting that the leakage is dominated by trap-assisted tunneling. The aggravated temperature-dependent gate leakage, along with the issue of self-heating, is demonstrated to have devastating consequences on the long-term lifetime reliability of the devices. However, the thin SRB samples exhibit a 20 × improvement in lifetime, compared with the thick SRB samples, due to the lower thermal resistance of the former. This brief demonstrates the importance of reducing the device thermal resistance as power-dissipation levels continue to rise if lifetime-reliability requirements are to be met. © 2008 IEEE.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Agaiby R, O'Neill AG, Olsen SH, Eneman G, Verheyen P, Loo R, Claeys C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices

Year: 2008

Volume: 55

Issue: 6

Pages: 1568-1573

Print publication date: 01/06/2008

ISSN (print): 0018-9383

ISSN (electronic): 1557-9646

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/TED.2008.921994


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