Recent Topics on Modeling of Semiconductor Processes, Devices, and Circuits

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The last couple of years have been very busy for the semiconductor industry and researchers. The rapid speed of production channel length reduction has brought lithographic challenges to ...
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Compact Modeling for NBTI and CHC Effects

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Wenping Wang, Vijay Reddy, Srikanth Krishnan and Yu Cao


Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI) and Channel Hot Carrier (CHC), which is also called Hot Carrier Injection (HCI), are the leading reliability concerns for nanoscale transistors. The de facto modeling method to analyze CHC is based on substrate current (Isub), which becomes increasingly problematic with technology scaling as various leakage components dominate Isub. In this work, we present a unified approach that directly predicts the change of key transistor parameters under various process and design conditions, for both NBTI and CHC effects. Using the general reaction-diffusion model and the concept of surface potential, the proposed method continuously captures the performance degradation across subthreshold and strong inversion regions. Models are comprehensively verified with an industrial 65nm technology. By benchmarking the prediction of circuit performance degradation with measured ring oscillator data and simulations of an amplifier, we demonstrate that the proposed method predicts the degradation very well. For 65nm technology, NBTI is the dominant reliability concern and the impact of CHC on circuit performance is relatively small.


Department of Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA