Experimental Demonstration of Post-Fabrication Self-Improvement of SRAM Cell Stability by High-Voltage Stress

Toshiro HIRAMOTO
Anil KUMAR
Takuya SARAYA
Shinji MIYANO

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E96-C    No.6    pp.759-765
Publication Date: 2013/06/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E96.C.759
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Analog Circuits and Related SoC Integration Technologies)
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Keyword: 
transistor,  MOSFET,  variability,  off-state stress,  

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Summary: 
The self-improvement of static random access memory (SRAM) cell stability by post-fabrication high-voltage stress is experimentally demonstrated and its mechanism is analyzed using 4k device-matrix-array (DMA) SRAM test element group (TEG). It is shown that the stability of unbalance cells is automatically improved by merely applying stress voltage to the VDD terminal of SRAM. It is newly found that | VTH| of the OFF-state pFETs in the SRAM cell is selectively lowered which improves the cell stability and contributes to the self-improvement.