Eighty-nanometer-gate In0.7Ga0.3As/InAs/ In0.7Ga0.3As composite-channel high-electron mobility transistors (HEMTs), which are fabricated using platinum buried gate as the Schottky contact metal, were evaluated for RF and logic application. After gate sinking at 250 °C for 3 min, the device exhibited a high gm value of 1590 mS/mm at Vd = 0.5 V, the current-gain cutoff frequency fT was increased from 390 to 494 GHz, and the gate-delay time was decreased from 0.83 to 0.78 ps at supply voltage of 0.6 V. This is the highest fT achieved for 80-nm-gate-length HEMT devices. These superior performances are attributed to the reduction of distance between gate and channel and the reduction of parasitic gate capacitances during the gate-sinking process. Moreover, such superior performances were achieved through a very simple and straightforward fabrication process with optimal epistructure of the device.
- High-electron mobility transistors (HEMTs)
- Platinum (Pt) buried gate