Analysis and modeling of inner fringing field effect on negative capacitance FinFETs

Yen Kai Lin*, Harshit Agarwal, Pragya Kushwaha, Ming Yen Kao, Yu Hung Liao, Korok Chatterjee, Sayeef Salahuddin, Chen-Ming Hu

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We investigate the impact of inner fringing fields on the negative capacitance FinFET (NC-FinFET) and how this scales with the technology node. The 8-/7-nm technology node of the p-type body NC-FinFET is modeled using the Sentaurus technology-aided design (TCAD), which couples Poisson with Landau equations. It is found that the NC effect is beneficial for device scaling. The OFF current is well suppressed in short-channel devices (64.4% reduction at LG = 16 nm) because the inner fringing field induces negative gate charges and decreases the channel potential. For longer channel devices, the influence of inner fringing field disappears, and the depletion charges dominate the subthreshold characteristics. As reducing remnant polarization, the ON current is boosted (11.4% improvement at LG = 16 nm) for all lengths due to better matching between MOSFET and ferroelectric capacitances. In comparison with FinFET, the drain-induced barrier lowering of NC-FinFET is also well controlled (50% reduction at LG = 16 nm) due to the inner fringing field-induced gate charges, showing the scaling capability of NC-FinFET. Furthermore, a compact model to capture the spatial distribution of the inner fringing field is also proposed based on the Gaussian quadrature method, and it is validated with the TCAD simulated data with multiple gate lengths and remnant polarizations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8660728
Pages (from-to)2023-2027
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • Compact modeling
  • FinFET
  • ferroelectrics (FEs)
  • inner fringing
  • length
  • negative capacitance (NC)
  • scaling

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