Very low bit error rate in flash memory using tunnel dielectrics formed by Kr/O2/NO plasma oxynitridation

Tomoyuki Suwa, Hiroto Takahashi, Yuki Kumagai, Genya Fujita, Akinobu Teramoto, Shigetoshi Sugawa, Tadahiro Ohmi

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The gate leakage current which influences the charge hold time of flash memories is characterized as very localized in tunnel oxide area. And the leakage current value is relatively low as the quantity of the current. In conventional test-element-group (TEG) for evaluation of this leakage current, the gate leakage current is measured in relatively large area capacitors or transistors, as a result, the localized and low gate leakage current cannot be measured. In this paper, we propose the new concept TEG in which the localized gate leakage current corresponding to the bit error in the flash memory can be measured in short time. We statistically evaluated the stress induced leakage current (SILC) of all cells in very low gate leakage current region (about 10-16 A) in the very short time (a few seconds) and easily confirmed and categorized the localized cells with the large SILC after the stress. In addition, we show that plasma oxynitridation using Kr/O2/NO gases is effective in suppressing the anomalous SILC and carrier traps by statistically evaluation of 60.000 cells in proposed array TEG.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2148-2152
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number4 B
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr 24


  • Bit error
  • Flash memory
  • Plasma oxynitridation
  • SILC
  • Tunnel oxide film

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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