[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper reports a versatile nano-sensor technology using "top-down" poly-silicon nanowire field-effect transistors (FETs) in the conventional Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS)-compatible semiconductor process. The nanowire manufacturing technique reduced nanowire width scaling to 50 nm without use of extra lithography equipment, and exhibited superior device uniformity. These n type polysilicon nanowire FETs have positive pH sensitivity (100 mV/pH) and sensitive deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) detection ability (100 pM) at normal system operation voltages. Specially designed oxide-nitride-oxide buried oxide nanowire realizes an electrically V(th)-adjustable sensor to compensate device variation. These nanowire FETs also enable non-volatile memory application for a large and steady V(th) adjustment window (>2 V Programming/Erasing window). The CMOS-compatible manufacturing technique of polysilicon nanowire FETs offers a possible solution for commercial System-on-Chip biosensor application, which enables portable physiology monitoring and in situ recording.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The behavior of random telegraph noise was affected by nickel silicide barrier height engineering in advanced nano-CMOS technologies. Contact resistance fluctuations with magnitude of up to 40% were observed when a Schottky barrier was reduced to 0.2 eV. The large contact resistance instability is attributed to the barrier modification by positive charge trapping and detrapping in a Schottky contact. The prevalence and magnitude of the noise are dependent on the contact area, trap density, trap energy, and the silicide Schottky barrier height. In this letter, we propose a fast method to extract the density of responsible contact traps.
IEEE Electron Device Letters 01/2012; 33(4):591-593. · 2.79 Impact Factor