Engineered Vertically Stacked NSFET Charge-Trapping Synapse for Neuromorphic Applications

Md Hasan Raza Ansari, Nupur Navlakha, Nazek El-Atab*

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In this work, a vertically stacked nanosheet FET (NSFET) is engineered for neuromorphic applications, which consists of nonidentical sheets in the vertical direction. The proposed NSFET has three nanosheets: two with embedded charge-trapping layers and one without a trap layer. This helps enhance the electric field along the channel direction of the device and thus the conductance of an electronic synaptic device. The estimated conductance values from the vertical nanosheet FET are used as a weight in the convolutional neural network (CNN) algorithm for image classification for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)-10 dataset. Results show improved performance in terms of nonlinearity, accuracy, and a higher conductance value compared to the conventional NSFET (identical sheets with a charge-trapping layer). Moreover, the engineered NSFET device has a high density and achieves ∼88.8% accuracy for image classification, which makes it a promising candidate for next-generation neuromorphic computing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7079-7086
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Electronic Materials
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 26 2023

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  • depression
  • LTP and LTD
  • neural network
  • neuromorphic computing
  • potentiation
  • synaptic transistor
  • vertical NSFET

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry


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