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SPICE-compatible physical model of nanocrystal floating gate devices for circuit simulation

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5 Author(s)
D. Schinke ; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, ECE, Box 7914, NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA ; S. Priyadarshi ; W. Shepherd Pitts ; N. Di Spigna
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The majority of nanocrystal floating gate research has been done at the device level. Circuit-level research is still in its early stages because of the lack of a physical device model appropriate for circuit simulations. In this study, a comprehensive and accurate SPICE-compatible physical equation-based model of nanocrystal floating gate devices is developed based on uniform direct tunnelling and Fowler-Nordheim tunnelling. The main contribution is a Verilog-A module that captures the physical behaviours of programming and erasing the device. A predictive NMOS model is then used for modelling the conduction channel to determine the behavioural I-V characteristics. The proposed model uses only explicit formulae resulting in fast computation appropriate for circuit simulation and can be used in any SPICE simulator supporting Verilog-A. It interacts dynamically with the rest of the circuit and includes charge leakage which enables power consumption analysis. The simulation results of the proposed model fit well to experimental results of various fabricated devices. Additionally, it is verified in HSPICE, demonstrating a significant speedup and good agreement with a numerical device simulator. This study is important in bridging the gap between device- and circuit-level research.

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IET Circuits, Devices & Systems  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 6 )