Performance, reliability, radiation effects, and aging issues in microelectronics - From atomic-scale physics to engineering-level modeling

Sokrates T. Pantelides, L. Tsetseris, M. J. Beck, S. N. Rashkeev, G. Hadjisavvas, I. G. Batyrev, Blair Richard Tuttle, A. G. Marinopoulos, X. J. Zhou, D. M. Fleetwood, R. D. Schrimpf

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Abstract

The development of engineering-level models requires adoption of physical mechanisms that underlie observed phenomena. This paper reviews several cases where parameter-free, atomic-scale, quantum mechanical calculations led to the identification of specific physical mechanisms for phenomena relating to performance, reliability, radiation effects, and aging issues in microelectronics. More specifically, we review recent calculations of electron mobilities that are based on atomic-scale models of the Si-SiO2 interface and elucidate the origin of strain-induced mobility enhancement. We then review extensive work that highlights the role of hydrogen as the primary agent of reliability phenomena such as Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI) and radiation effects, such as Enhanced Low Dose Radiation Sensitivity (ELDRS) and dopant deactivation. Finally, we review atomic-scale simulations of recoils induced by energetic ions in Si and SiO2. The latter provide a natural explanation for single-event gate rupture (SEGR) in terms of defects with energy levels in the SiO2 band gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationESSCIRC 2009 - Proceedings of the 35th European Solid-State Circuits Conference
Pages76-83
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event35th European Solid-State Circuits Conference, ESSCIRC 2009 - Athens, Greece
Duration: Sep 14 2009Sep 18 2009

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NameESSCIRC 2009 - Proceedings of the 35th European Solid-State Circuits Conference

Other

Other35th European Solid-State Circuits Conference, ESSCIRC 2009
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period9/14/099/18/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Pantelides, S. T., Tsetseris, L., Beck, M. J., Rashkeev, S. N., Hadjisavvas, G., Batyrev, I. G., Tuttle, B. R., Marinopoulos, A. G., Zhou, X. J., Fleetwood, D. M., & Schrimpf, R. D. (2009). Performance, reliability, radiation effects, and aging issues in microelectronics - From atomic-scale physics to engineering-level modeling. In ESSCIRC 2009 - Proceedings of the 35th European Solid-State Circuits Conference (pp. 76-83). [5325931] (ESSCIRC 2009 - Proceedings of the 35th European Solid-State Circuits Conference). https://doi.org/10.1109/ESSCIRC.2009.5325931