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The SEU sensitivity of 0.2 μm fully depleted silicon on ensulator (FD-SOI) devices to proton and neutron irradiations is investigated in a large energy range (14-500 MeV). The comparison to bulk devices with similar gate lengths shows an improvement of a factor of 50 with the presence of body ties. Monte Carlo simulations were performed to confirm that the low sensitivity of FD-SOI is mainly due to the reduced sensitive volume. These results were extrapolated to deca-nanometric technologies to predict the behavior of advanced SOI processes. We found that fully depleted devices will be far less sensitive than partially depleted technologies to the terrestrial radiative environment.
Date of Publication: Dec. 2005