Breakdown Voltage and Reliability Studies of Devices in NAND Flash Memory Periphery Circuitry

  • 張 鈞博

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In this thesis we study the high-voltage device which is depletion-mode lateral diffused metal-oxide-semiconductor (LDMOS) The HV device in the periphery circuit is applied to NAND Flash Cell for Program/Erase operation In periphery circuit the high off-state breakdown voltage (off-state VBD) is an important requirement for this device Therefore the LDMOS breakdown mechanism with different BF2 implant by varying implant dosage in N- region is investigated As expected the off-state breakdown voltage increase with the raise of BF2 concentration Experimental data and technology computer aided design simulations show that gate-induced-drain-leakage (GIDL) and PN junction breakdown are responsible for the variation of breakdown voltage Moreover in the circuit operating environment there might be hot carrier degradation in the device The damage will happen while device is programming or erasing data Generally the ISUB peak will be the index of the HCI degradation However in our study the measurement results contradict pervious study because the distribution of the impact ionization peak would dominant the hot carrier degradation instead of the amount of the ISUB current The impact ionization which is located near drain side is greater with higher BF2 concentration In conclusion the device with higher BF2 implant suffers worse HCI degradation because of more high energy carrier injection According to the results in this study care should be taken when we implant the BF2 into the drift region since there is a trade-off between VBD and HCI reliability issue
Date of Award2014 Jul 16
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorJone-Fang Chen (Supervisor)

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