The Effect of Channel Hot-Carrier Stressing on Gate-Oxide Integrity in MOSFET's

Ih Chin Chen*, Jeong Yeol Choi, Tung Yi Chan, Chen-Ming Hu

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The correlation between channel hot-carrier stressing and gate-oxide integrity is studied. It is found that channel hot carriers have no detectable effect on gate-oxide integrity even when other parameters (e.g., ΔVTand ΔID) have become intolerably degraded. In the extreme cases of stressing at VG ≈ Vtwith measurable hole injection current, however, the oxide charge to breakdown decreases linearly with the amount of hole fluence injected during the channel hot-hole stressing. This may limit the endurance of a nonvolatile memory using hot holes for erasing. This can also explain the gate-to-drain breakdown of a device biased in the snap-back region, since snap-back at low gate voltage is favorable for hole injection. Snap-back-induced oxide breakdown could be an ESD failure mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2253-2258
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1988


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