Technology of FinFET for High RF and Analog/Mixed-Signal Performance Circuits

Tatsuya OHGURO
Satoshi INABA
Kimitoshi OKANO

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E98-C    No.6    pp.455-460
Publication Date: 2015/06/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E98.C.455
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Analog Circuits and Related SoC Integration Technologies)
FinFET,  analog,  RF,  flicker noise,  fT,  fmax,  

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In this paper, we discuss the process, layout and device technologies of FinFET to obtain high RF and analog/mixed-signal performance circuits. The fin patterning due to Side-wall transfer (SWT) technique is useful to not only fabricate narrow fin line but also suppress the fin width variation comparing with ArF and EB lithography. The H2 annealing after Si etching is useful for not only to improve the mobility of electron and hole but also to reduce flicker noise of FinFET. The noise decreases as the scaling of fin width and that of FinFET with below 50 nm fin width is satisfied with the requirement from 25 nm technology node in ITRS roadmap 2013. This lower noise is attributed to the decrease of electric field from the channel to the gate electrode. Additionally, the optimum layout of FinFET is discussed for RF performance. In order to obtain higher fT and fmax, it is necessary to have the optimized finger length and reduced capacitances between the gate and Si substrate and between gate and source, drain contact region. According to our estimation, the fT of FinFET with the optimized layout should be lower than that of planar MOSFET when the gate length is longer than 10 nm due to larger gate capacitance. In conclusion, FinFET is suitable for high performance digital and analog/mixed-signal circuits. On the other hand, planar MOSFET is better rather than FinFET for RF circuits.