Electrical Characteristics of Nanoscale NAND Silicon-Oxide-Nitride-Oxide-Silicon Flash Memory Devices Fabricated on SOI Substrates
Abstract:NAND silicon-oxide-nitride-oxide-silicon (SONOS) flash memory devices with double gates fabricated on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates were proposed. The current–voltage characteristics related to the programming operation of the designed nanoscale NAND SONOS flash memory devices on a SOI substrate and on the conventional bulk-Si substrate were simulated and compared in order to investigate device characteristics of the scaled-down memory devices. The simulation results showed that the short channel effect and the subthreshod leakage current for the memory device with a large spacer length were lower than that of the memory device with a small spacer length due to increase of the effective channel length. The device performance of the memory device utilizing the SOI substrate exhibited a smaller subthreshold swing and a larger drain current level in comparison with those on the bulk-Si substrate. These improved electrical characteristices for the SOI devices could be explained by comparing the electric field distribution in a channel region for both devices.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-08-01
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