In this letter, the inter-poly dielectric (IPD) thickness, scaling, and reliability characteristics of Al2O3 and HfO2 IPDs are studied, which are then compared with conventional oxide/nitride/oxide (ONO) IPD. Regardless of deposition tools, drastic leakage current reduction and reliability improvement have been demonstrated by replacing ONO IPD with highpermittivity (high-κ) IPDs, which is suitable for mass production applications in the future. Moreover, metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) can be used to further promote dielectric reliability when compared to reactive-sputtering deposition. By using the MOCVD, the charge-to-breakdown (QBD) can be significantly improved, in addition to enhanced breakdown voltage and effective breakdown field. Our results clearly demonstrate that high-κ IPD, particularly deposited by MOCVD, possesses great potential for next-generation stacked-gate Flash memories.
- High-κ dielectric
- Inter-poly dielectric (IPD)
- Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD)