November 16, 2021
Figure 2.Cutaway of buried wordline spanning saddle-fin transistors.

Understanding Electrical Line Resistance at Advanced Semiconductor Nodes

When evaluating shrinking metal linewidths in advanced semiconductor devices, bulk resistivity is not the sole materials property for deriving electrical resistance. At smaller line dimensions, local resistivity is dominated by […]
December 14, 2020
  Figure 2:  SEMulator3D identifies device electrodes in a 3D structure and simulates device characteristics similar to TCAD software, but without the need for time-consuming TCAD modeling.

Process Window Optimization of DRAM by Virtual Fabrication

New integration and patterning schemes used in 3D memory and logic devices have created manufacturing and yield challenges.  Industrial focus has shifted from the scaling of predictable unit processes in […]
October 23, 2020
Fig. 6: Channel leakage profile from the fin surface to the fin center at different sidewall angle splits.

Micro Loading and its Impact on Device Performance: A Wiggling Active Area Case in an Advanced DRAM Process

In a DRAM structure, the charging and discharging process of capacitor-based memory cells is directly controlled by the transistor [1].With transistor sizes approaching the lower limits of physical achievability, manufacturing […]
June 29, 2020

Semiconductor Memory Evolution and Current Challenges

The very first all-electronic memory was the Williams-Kilburn tube, developed in 1947 at Manchester University. It used a cathode ray tube to store bits as dots on the screen’s surface. […]
January 29, 2020
Fig. 1 (a) DRAM Memory Cell, (b) GIDL in Cell Transistor, (c) Dielectric leakage between BLC and SNC, (d) Dielectric leakage at DRAM Capacitor

Identifying DRAM Failures Caused by Leakage Current and Parasitic Capacitance

Leakage current has been a leading cause of device failure in DRAM design, starting with the 20nm technology node. Problems with leakage current in DRAM design can lead to reliability […]
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