Device characteristics and hot-carrier-induced device degradation of n-channel MOS transistors with an off-state breakdown voltage of approximately 25V and various Si recess depths introduced by sidewall spacer overetching are investigated. Experimental data show that the depth of the Si recess has small effects on device characteristics. A device with a deeper Si recess has lower substrate current and channel electric field, whereas a greater hot-carrier-induced device degradation and a shorter hot-carrier lifetime are observed. Results of technology computer-aided design simulations suggest that these unexpected observations are related to the severity of plasma damage caused by the sidewall spacer overetching and the difference in topology.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)