Gate oxide short (GOS) has become a common defect for advanced technologies as the gate oxide thickness of a MOSFET is greatly reduced. The behavior of a GOS-impacted MOSFET is, however, complicated and difficult to be accurately modeled at the circuit level. In this paper, we first build a golden model of a GOS-impacted MOSFET by using technology CAD, and identify the limitation and inaccuracy of the previous GOS models. Next, we propose a novel circuit-level GOS model which provides a higher accuracy of its dc characteristics than any of the previous models and being is able to represent a minimum-size GOS-impacted MOSFET. In addition, the proposed model can fit the transient characteristics of a GOS by considering the capacitance change of the GOS-impacted MOSFET, which has not been discussed in previous work. Last, we utilize our proposed GOS model to develop a novel GOS test method for SRAMs, which can effectively detect the GOS defects usually escaped from the conventional IDDQ test and March test.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2014|
- Defect modeling
- gate-oxide short