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Through-silicon via (TSV) constitutes a key component interconnecting adjacent dies vertically to form 3-D integrated circuits. In this letter, we propose a method to exploit the TSV C-V behavior in a p-silicon substrate to achieve minimum TSV capacitance during 3-D circuit operation. The nature of the TSV C-V characteristics depends both on TSV architecture and TSV manufacturing process, and both these factors should be optimized to obtain the minimum depletion capacitance in the desired operating voltage region. Measured C-V characteristics of the TSV demonstrate the effectiveness of the method.