Flicker Noise Performance on Thick and Thin Oxide FinFETs

Yi Ming DIng, Durgamadhab Durga Misra, Purushothaman Srinivasan

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1/f noise was characterized on Fin Field-Effect Transistors (FinFETs) to compare noise performance of CORE and IO devices of a technology node. Thin FinFETs (CORE devices with Equivalent Oxide Thickness (EOT) <1.5 nm and channel length L < 28 nm) were compared to thick FinFETs (IO devices with EOT > 3 nm and long channel L > 100 nm). At low gate bias condition [(Vg-Vth ≤ 0.15 V), after normalization with respect to device area and EOT], noise level of thin FinFETs shows almost tenfold larger than that of thick FinFETs. Moreover, it is found that the discrepancy of noise measured at linear and saturation condition is more significant for FinFETs with shorter channel length. The bias-dependent noise was well fitted by unified model. The extracted defects concentration of thin FinFETs is 10 times larger than that of thick FinFETs. Finally, flicker noise spectra measured after bias temperature instability stress were compared to that of before stress, the trap concentrations were calculated, and found that defects primarily presents in the metal/high-k interface and have more impact on noise performance if EOT is decreased.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7883903
Pages (from-to)2321-2325
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • 1/f noise
  • bias temperature instability (BTI)
  • noise model
  • oxide thickness
  • thick and thin Fin Field-Effect Transistors (FinFETs)


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