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Improved figure-of-merit metric for CMOS transistor performance and its application to 0.25 um CMOS technologies
Author(s): Amitava Chatterjee; Mark Rodder; Ih-Chin Chen
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents an improved figure-of-merit (FOM) for CMOS performance which includes the effect of gate resistance. Performance degradation due to resistive polysilicon gates is modeled as an additional delay proportional to the RC product of a polysilicon line. The new FOM is verified from delay measurements on inverter chains fabricated using a 0.25 micrometers CMOS process. A furnace TiSi2 process is used to underscore the effect of increased sheet resistance of narrow polysilicon lines. Excellent correlation between measured and predicted inverter chain delays is obtained over a variety of design, process and bias conditions. An expression for the gate sheet requirement is derived from the new FOM. Using this expression requirements on the gate sheet are calculated corresponding to a technology roadmap for performance and oxide thickness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2636, Microelectronic Device and Multilevel Interconnection Technology, (15 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.221123
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Amitava Chatterjee, Texas Instruments Inc. (United States)
Mark Rodder, Texas Instruments Inc. (United States)
Ih-Chin Chen, Texas Instruments Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2636:
Microelectronic Device and Multilevel Interconnection Technology
Ih-Chin Chen; Girish A. Dixit; Trung Tri Doan; Nobuo Sasaki, Editor(s)

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