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Amita Rawat, Neha Sharan, Doyoung Jang, Thomas Chiarella, Fabian M. Bufler, Francky Catthoor, Bertrand Parvais, Udayan Ganguly

IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices

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We propose an experimentally validated physics-based process-induced variability (PIV) aware SPICE simulation framework-enabling the estimation of performance variation due to line-edge-roughness (LER), metal-gate-granularity (MGG), random-dopant-fluctuation (RDF), and oxide-thickness-variation (OTV) at sub-20 nm technology node devices. The framework utilizes LER, RDF, OTV, and MGG defining parameters such as fin-edge correlation coefficient (?), autocorrelation length (?), grain-size (GS), s [EOT], etc. as the inputs, and produces Id,-Vg distribution of ensemble size 250 as an output. We have validated the framework against 14 nm FinFET experimental data for Id,-Vg trends as well as for the threshold-voltage (VT), ON-current (ION), and subthreshold slope (SS) distributions for a range of device dimensions with a reasonably good match. The worst and the best case R square errors are 0.64 and 0.98, respectively, for the validation. The very nature of the proposed framework allows the designers to use it for a vast range of process technologies. Such models are of dual importance, as it enables a PIV aware prediction of circuit-level performance, and provides a platform to estimate PIV parameters efficiently, on-par with sophisticated structural characterization tools.

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