The effect of nitriding and reoxidizing conditions are examined on the hot-carrier (HC) properties of p-channel and n-channel transistors with reoxidized nitrided oxide gate dielectrics. Nitrogen was introduced into the gate dielectric by performing cyclical nitridation and reoxidation steps (one cycle versus four cycles of nit./reox.), keeping the same overall oxidation and nitridation times constant. It was found that there were considerable differences in hot-carrier hardness, of up to three orders of magnitude for p-channel transistors, but much less for n-channel devices. Nitrogen-content variations (a factor of 2) for these very similar conditions explain the n-channel hot-carrier results. In the case of the p-MOS transistors, it is suggested that changes in hydrogen concentration might be responsible for their hot-carrier behavior.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering