Performance and Reliability Evaluation of High Dielectric LDD Spacer on Deep Sub-Micrometer LDD MOSFET

Jyh-Chyurn Guo, Steve S. Chung, Chih Yuan Lu, Pole Shang Lin, Charles Ching Hsiang Hsu

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High dielectric LDD spacer has been proposed to achieve both reliability and performance improvement on the scaled LDD MOSFET’s. However, the sidewall polyoxide and spacer bottom oxide required for process reliability issue will adversely limit the DC performance improvement gained by using high dielectric LDD spacer. AC performance is evaluated by the transconductance cutoff frequency determined by the transconductance, gm and total gate capacitance, cgg. For deep-submicron MOSFET’s, the dominance of gate to source/drain overlap capacitance in cgghas significant impact on the AC performance. The increase of cggdue to the enhanced fringe field from high dielectric LDD spacer significantly dominates over the increase of transconductance, and then deteriorates the AC performance. As the reliability issue is concerned, the key doping profile, N- source/drain lateral diffusion profile was obtained from the two dimensional process simulator SUPREM-IV corresponding to wide range of LDD N- doses. The optimized N- dose designed for hot carrier reliability issue (under vgs - vt— 0.5VDsoperation) is located around 2 x 1013 cm-2 for both conventional LDD (denoted as OLDD in this paper) and high dielectric LDD (HLDD) devices. However, the improvement achieved by using HLDD instead of OLDD devices is then turned out to be insignificant under this optimized N- dose condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1239-1248
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1994


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