IEDM 2005
Conference paper

High performance gate first HfSiON dielectric satisfying 45nm node requirements


We show an ALD based HfSiON gate dielectric scaled to 1 nm EOT with excellent performance and reliability. Furthermore, the HfSiON dielectric films are integrated in a gate first approach that includes a 1000°C-5s anneal. It is also demonstrated that this 1 nm EOT HfSiON can achieve electron and hole mobilities comparable to that of SiON. This progress is enabled due to better understanding of the relationship between charge trapping, HfSiON thickness and crystallinity. Performance and reliability improvement is attributed to reduced charge trapping due to suppressed crystallization of the optimized HfSiON films. © 2005 IEEE.