CEA-Leti Scientists Demonstrate CMOS Device Fabrication at 500°C

June 23, 2020 Tiera Oliver

In an FDSOI CMOS processing breakthrough, CEA-Leti scientists have pushed fabrication thermal-process boundaries down to 500°C for CMOS integration, while showing strong performance gains especially in P-type metal-oxide-semiconductor (PMOS) logic devices.

The 500°C threshold is important because in 3D monolithic technologies (also called 3D sequential), fabricating the upper-level transistors at higher temperatures than that can damage the metal interconnects and the silicide of the bottom-level transistors. Using CEA-Leti’s CoolCube low-temperature process for top-level devices prevents deterioration of bottom-level transistors.

In addition, the CEA-Leti team demonstrated for the first time, ring oscillators and SRAM bitcells processed at 500°C, further paving the way for high-performance 3D monolithic CMOS integration, intended for advanced logic, RF, in-memory computing, AI, imaging, and display applications.

For more information, visit: www.leti-cea.com 

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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