Variability analysis of UTB SOI subthreshold SRAM considering Line-Edge Roughness, Work Function Variation and temperature sensitivity

Vita Pi Ho Hu, Ming Long Fan, Pin Su, Ching Te Chuang

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Abstract

This paper analyzes stability and variability of Ultra-Thin-Body (UTB) SOI subthreshold SRAMs considering Line-Edge Roughness (LER), Work Function Variation (WFV) and temperature sensitivity. The intrinsic advantages of UTB SOI technology versus bulk CMOS technology with regard to the stability and variability of 6T SRAM cells for subthreshold operation are analyzed. Compared with LER, WFV causes comparable threshold voltage variation and much smaller subthreshold swing fluctuation, hence less impact on the UTB SOI subthreshold SRAMs. Even considering LER, the Lg = 40nm UTB SOI 6T subthreshold SRAM cells still provide sufficient margin (μ RSNM/σ RSNM > 6 at Vdd = 0.3∼0.4V). Higher temperature increases the Vread,0 and decrease RSNM because of the degraded subthreshold swing. The RSNM of UTB SOI subthreshold SRAMs show less temperature sensitivity compared with that of bulk subthreshold SRAMs. Due to larger body effect, the back-gating technique is more efficient for the Lg = 40nm and 25nm UTB SOI subthreshold SRAMs compared with the bulk counterparts. By using lower threshold voltage devices with dual band-edge work functions, the Lg = 25nm UTB SOI subthreshold SRAMs show 31.9% reduction in σ RSNM and 55% improvement in μ RSNM/σ RSNM compared with that using single mid-gap work function.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Conference on Integrated Circuit Design and Technology, ICICDT 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Jun 2011
Event2011 IEEE International Conference on Integrated Circuit Design and Technology, ICICDT 2011 - Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Duration: 2 May 20114 May 2011

Publication series

Name2011 IEEE International Conference on Integrated Circuit Design and Technology, ICICDT 2011

Conference

Conference2011 IEEE International Conference on Integrated Circuit Design and Technology, ICICDT 2011
CountryTaiwan
CityKaohsiung
Period2/05/114/05/11

Keywords

  • Static noise margin
  • Subthreshold SRAM
  • Ultra-Thin-Body SOI
  • Variability

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