A simplified approach to estimating total trap contributions in negative bias temperature instability

R. A.B. Devine, J. K. Mee, H. P. Hjalmarson, M. A. Quevedo-Lopez, H. N. Alshareef

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A simplified approach is used to determine the relative importance of slow (>3 s) and fast (<3 s) charged trap contributions to threshold voltage shifts (Δ Vth) induced by negative bias temperature instability in HfSiON gate dielectric p -channel field effect transistors. For the devices under study the relative importance of the two components is approximately the same. Total trap density induced threshold voltage shifts from measurements at 368, 398, and 428 K can be fitted to a simplified law of the form Δ V th =A e-EA /kT tα with EA =0.085±0.012 eV and α=0.186±0.003. The importance of ignoring fast trap effects in overestimating reliability lifetimes is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number024508
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009

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