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We report, for the first time, a comprehensive study on various capping integration options for WF engineering in MuGFET devices with TiN gate electrode: HfSiO/cap/TiN, cap/HfSiO/TiN and HfSiO/TiN/cap/TiN vs. reference deposition sequence HfSiO/TiN (cap = Al2O3 for pmos, and Dy2O3 or La2O3 for nmos). We show that: 1) low-VT values (Lt 0.3 V) are achieved for both nmos and pmos, with excellent process control and device behavior down to Lg ap 50 nm and WFIN ap 20 nm, for optimized gate stack configurations; 2) inserting a cap layer in-between TiN layers instead of HfSiO/cap/TiN leads to improved mobility, reduced CET without impacting JG, similar noise response and improved BTI behavior, with correction of the abnormal PBTI degradation seen for HfSiO/DyO/TiN. Is also enables simplified and more robust CMOS co-integration of low- and med-VT devices in the same wafer, avoiding loss in CET and damage of the host dielectric with the cap removal process.
VLSI Technology, 2008 Symposium on
Date of Conference: 17-19 June 2008