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Unformatted text preview: 6.012 - Microelectronic Devices and Circuits Lecture 12 - Sub-threshold MOSFET Operation - Outline • Announcement Hour exam two: in 2 weeks, Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30-9:30 pm • Review ALSO: sign up for an iLab account!! MOSFET model: gradual channel approximation iD ≈ (Example: n-MOS) 0 for (vGS – VT)/α ≤ 0 ≤ vDS (cutoff) K(vGS – VT)2 /2 for 0 ≤ (vGS – VT)/α ≤ vDS (saturation) K(vGS – VT – αvDS/2)αvDS for 0 ≤ vDS ≤ (vGS – VT)/α (linear) with K ≡ (W/αL)µeCox*, VT = VFB – 2φp-Si + [2εSi qNA(|2φp-Si| – vBS)]1/2/Cox* and α = 1 + [(εSi qNA/2(|2φp-Si| – vBS)]1/2 /Cox (frequently α ≈ 1) The factor α: what it means physically • Sub-threshold operation - qualitative explanation Looking back at Lecture 10 (Sub-threshold electron charge) Operating an n-channel MOSFET as a lateral npn BJT The sub-threshold MOSFET gate-controlled lateral BJT Why we care and need to quantify these observations • Quantitative sub-threshold modeling iD,sub-threshold(φ(0)), then iD,s-t(vGS, vDS) [with vBS = 0] Stepping back and looking at the equations Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 1 Final comments on α The Gradual Channel result ignoring α and valid for v BS " 0, and v DS # 0 is: iG (vGS , v DS , v BS ) = 0, iB (vGS , v DS , v BS ) = 0, and 0 iD (vGS , v DS , v BS ) = K 2 [vGS " VT (v BS )] 2 # v& K $vGS " VT (v BS ) " DS ' v DS % 2( for ! for [vGS " VT (v BS )] < 0 < v DS 0 < [vGS " VT (v BS )] < v DS for 0 < v DS < [vGS " VT (v BS )] with K ) W * * µe Cox and Cox ) *ox t ox L We noted last lecture that these simple expressions without α are easy to remember, and refining them to include α involves easy to remember substitutions: v DS " # v DS L "#L K "K # ! What we haven't done yet is to look at α itself, and ask what it means. What is it physically? 1/xDT(VBS) G ! * Cox + $Si qN A 2$Si 2% p & Si & v BS εox 1 $SiqN A εox/tox " # 1+ * = * Cox 2 2% p & Si & v BS Cox εSi εSi/xDT * * "Si x DT "Si t ox CDT CDT B = 1+ = 1+ = 1+ * = * "ox t ox "ox x DT Cox CGB Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 2 [ ! [ Look back at Lec. 10. Foil 7 from Lecture 10 MOS Capacitors: the gate charge as vGB is varied qG [coul/cm2] * " 2Cox2 (vGB $ VFB ) ( #SiqN A % " ' 1+ qG = $ 1* " ' * Cox & #SiqN A ) " " qG = Cox (vGB # VT ) Inversion Layer Charge + qN AP X DT qNAPXDT ! Depletion Region Charge VFB " " qG = Cox (vGB # VFB ) The charge expressions: " , Cox (vGB # VFB ) . " . %SiqN A & 2Cox2 (vGB # VFB ) ) " ( 1+ qG (vGB ) = # 1+ " ( + %SiqN A . Cox ' * . C " (v # V ) + qN X / ox GB T A DT Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 vGB [V] VT Accumulation Layer Charge " Cox # for vGB $ VFB for $ox t ox VFB $ vGB $ VT ! VT $ vGB for Lecture 12 - Slide 3 Foil 8 from Lecture 10 MOS Capacitors: How good is all this modeling? How can we know? Poisson's Equation in MOS As we argued when starting, Jh and Je are zero in steady state so the carrier populations are in equilibrium with the potential barriers, φ(x), as they are in thermal equilibrium, and we have: n ( x ) = n ie q" ( x ) kT and p( x ) = n ie# q" ( x ) kT Once again this means we can find φ(x), and then n(x) and p(x), by solving Poisson's equation: ! d 2" ( x ) q = # n i (e# q" ( x ) / kT # e q" ( x ) / kT ) + N d ( x ) # N a ( x ) dx 2 $ [ ! This version is only valid, however, when |φ(x)| ≤ -φp. When |φ(x)| > -φp we have accumulation and inversion layers, and we assume them to be infinitely thin sheets of charge, i.e. we model them as delta functions. Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 4 Foil 9 from Lecture 10 Poisson's Equation calculation of gate charge Calculation compared with depletion approximation model for tox = 3 nm and NA = 1018 cm-3: tox,eff ≈ 3.2 nm tox,eff ≈ 3.3 nm Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 We'll look in this vicinity today. We've ignored sub-threshold charge in our MOSFET i-v modelling thus far. Lecture 12 - Slide 5 Plot courtesy of Prof. Antoniadis Foil 10 from Lecture 10 MOS Capacitors: Sub-threshold charge Assessing how much we are neglecting Sheet density of electrons below threshold in weak inversion In the depletion approximation for the MOS we say that the charge due to the electrons is negligible before we reach threshold and the strong inversion layer builds up: * qN ( inversion ) (vGB ) = " Cox (vGB " VT ) But how good an approximation is this? To see, we calculate the electron charge below threshold (weak inversion): qN ( sub " threshold ) (vGB ) = " q ! 0 $ ne x d ( vGB ) i q# ( x ) / kT dx φ(x) is a non-linear function of x, making the integral difficult, "( x) = " p + ! qN A 2 x - xd ) ( 2#Si but if we use a linear approximation for φ(x) near x = 0, where the term in the integral is largest, we can get a very good approximate analytical expression for the integral. ! Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 6 Foil 11 from Lecture 10 Sub-threshold electron charge, cont. We begin by saying 2qN A [" (0) % " p ] d" ( x ) " ( x ) # " (0) + ax where a $ =% where dx x = 0 &Si With this linear approximation to φ(x) we can do the integral and find ! ! qN ( sub " threshold ) (vGB ) # q kT n (0) kT = "q qa q $Si n ie q% ( 0 ) kT 2qN A [% (0) " % p ] To proceed it is easiest to evaluate this expression for various values of φ(0) below threshold (when its value is -φp), and to also find the corresponding value of vGB, from vGB " VFB = # (0) " # p + t ox 2$SiqN A [# (0) " # p ] $ox This has been done and is plotted along with the strong inversion layer charge above threshold on the following foil. Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 ! Lecture 12 - Slide 7 Foil 12 from Lecture 10 Sub-threshold electron charge, cont. 6 mV Neglecting this charge in the electrostatics calculation resulted in only a 6 mV error in our estimate of the threshold voltage value. Today we will look at its impact on the sub-threshold drain current. Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 8 MOSFETs: Conventional strong inversion operation, VGS > VT vGS > V T +G S– n+ vDS > 0 D i D n+ p-Si vBS + B High concentration of electrons in a strong inversion layer drifting to the drain because of field due to v DS . n-type surface channel; drift flux from source to drain In our gradual channel approximation modeling we have assume a high conductivity n-type channel has been induced under the gate. Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 9 MOSFETs: Sub-threshold operation, VGS < VT ~ vGS ~ V T +G < S– n+ vDS > 0 D i D n+ p-Si A small number of electrons surmount the barrier and diffuse to drain. vBS + B The electrons diffuse and do not “feel” v DS until they get to the edge of the depletion region. No surface channel; diffusion flux from source to drain when vDS > 0 For any vGB > VFB some electrons in the source can surmount the barrier and diffuse to the drain. Though always small, this flux can become consequential as vGS approaches VT. Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 10 MOSFETs: Sub-threshold operation, VGS < VT ~ What do we mean by "consequential"? When is this current big enough to matter? There are at least three places where it matters: 1. It can limit the gain of a MOSFET linear amplifier. In Lecture 21 we will learn that we achieve maximum gain from MOSFETs operating in strong inversion when we bias as close to threshold as possible. This current limits how close we can get. 2. It is a major source of power dissipation and heating in modern VLSI digital ICs. When you have millions of MOSFETs on an IC chip, even a little bit of current through the half that are supposed to be "off" can add up to a lot of power dissipation. We'll see this in Lecture 16. 3. It can be used to make very low voltage, ultra-low power integrated circuits. In Lecture 25 we'll talk about MIT/TI research on sub-threshold circuits with 0.3 V supplies and using µW's of power. Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 11 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs: finding iD Begin by considering the device illustrated below: G S -tox 0 n+ n+ p tn+ 0 x D B L y - Set vGS = VFB, and vDS = vBS = 0. - The potential profile vs. y, (y) at any x between 0 and tn+ is then: -tox 0 S vGS = VFB n+ G vDS = 0 D n+ p y tn+ x φ(y) φn+ vBS = 0 Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 0 B L y 0 φp L Lecture 12 - Slide 12 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - Now consider φ(y) when vGS = VFB, vBS = 0. and vDS > 0: -tox S 0 vGS = VFB G vDS > 0 D φ(y) φn++ vDS n+ n+ p vDS φn+ tn+ x y vBS = 0 0 0 B L y L φp - So far this is standard MOSFET operating procedure. We could apply a positive voltage to the gate and when it was larger than VT we would see the normal drain current that we modeled earlier. Rather than do this, however, consider forward biasing the substrate-source diode junction, I.e, vBS > 0… Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 13 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - Apply vBS > 0, keep the same vDS > 0, and adjust vGS such that the potential at the oxide-Si interface, φ(0,y), equals φp + vBS. - Now consider φ(x,y): vGS s.t. φ(0,y) = φp + vBS -tox 0 G S Electron Injection and Diffusion n+ φ(y) vDS > 0 φn+ n+ p tn+ x φn++ vDS D 0 vBS > 0 0 B L ( y vBS y p',n' - With this biasing the structure is being operated as a lateral BJT! The drain/collector current is: De iD / C " W t n +q n i2 e qv BS / kT # 1 N Ap Leff Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 L φp+ vBS φp ) n'(0+) = npo(eqvBS/kT-1) 0 - This is not sub-threshold operation yet. L y Lecture 12 - Slide 14 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - Now again make vBS = 0, but keep the same vDS and vGS so that the potential at the oxide-Si interface, φ(0,y), is still > φp. - Now φ(x,y) is different for 0 < x < xD, φ(0,y) and xD < x < tn+: φn++ vDS vGS s.t. φ(0,y) > φp G vDS > 0 φ D -tox S -φp n+ 0 φ(x) xD Injection n+ n+ p 0 tn+ x φ(x)-φp y L φp vBS = 0 0 B L - Now there is lateral BJT action only along the interface. - The drain current that flows in this case is the sub-threshold drain current. Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 y φ(y) φn++ vDS φn+ 0 L y φp - This is sub-threshold operation! Lecture 12 - Slide 15 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - The barrier at the n+-p junction is lowered near the oxide-Si interface for any vGS > VFB. - The barrier is lowered by φ(x) - φp for 0 < x < xD. Plot vs y at fixed x, 0 < x < xD. (This is the effective vBE on the lateral BJT between x and x + dx.) -tox S VFB < vGS < VT G 0 vDS > 0 φ(0,y) D φn++ vDS Injection xD n+ -φ p φ(x) n+ p tn+ x vBS = 0 0 φ(x) B L y - The barrier lowering vGS (effective forward bias) (1) is controlled by vGS, and (2) decreases quickly with x. vBE,eff(x) = [φ(x)− φp] Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 φn+ y φ(x)-φp L 0 φp Plot vs x at fixed y, 0 < y < L. - φp φ(0) -tox xd x φp Injection occurs over this range. Lecture 12 - Slide 16 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - To calculate iD, we first find the current in each dx thick slab: G VFB < vGS < VT S vDS > 0 D -tox 0 x x+dx n+ n+ p xD vBS = 0 vDS > 0 y x n ' ( x, 0) = n i (e q" ( x ,vGS ) / kT # 1) $ n ie q" ( x ,vGS ) / kT diD ( x ) = q De Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 ! 0 L n ' ( x, L) " n ie q# ( x,vGD ) / kT n ' ( x, 0) " n ' ( x, L) W W dx # De q n ie q$ ( x,vGS ) / kT (1 " e" qv DS ) / kT ) dx L L ! Lecture 12 - Slide 17 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - Then we add up all the contributions to get iD: ' W $0 q" ( x , vGS ) / kT iD = De & # q n ie dx)(1 * e* qv DS / kT ) L & xd ) % ( - This is what we called qN(sub-threshold) in Lecture 9 and today on Foil 7. Substituting the expression we found for this (see Foil 7), we have: % W kT iD ( sub " threshold ) = De 'q L 'q & ! ( #Si n ie q $ ( 0,vGS ) kT *(1 " e" qv DS / kT ) 2qN A [$ (0, vGS ) " $ p ] * ) - Using the Einstein relation and replacing ni with NAeqφp/kT, we obtain: # kT & 2 1 W * iD ( sub " th ) = µe Cox % ( * L $ q ' 2 Cox 2 q)Si N A q {* ( 0, vGS )"[ "* p ] } e [* (0,vGS ) " * p ] kT (1 " e " qv DS / kT - To finish (we are almost done) we need to replace φ(0,vGS) with vGS since we want the drain current's dependence on the terminal voltage. Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 18 ) Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - The relationship relating φ(0,vGS) and vGS is: vGS = VFB 1 + [" (0) # " p ] + * 2$SiqN A [" (0) # " p ] Cox - From this we can relate a change in vGS to a change in φ(0), which is what we really need. To first order the two are linearly related: ! "vGS ' ) dvGS 1 # "$ (0) = (1 + * d$ (0) ) 2 Cox * + 2%SiqN A ) , "$ (0) . n "$ (0) [$ (0) & $ p ] ) "n - In the current equation we have the quantity {φ(0,vGS) - [-φp]}. - φp is simply φ(0,VT), the potential at x = 0 when the gate voltage is VT, so {" (0,v ! GS ) # [#" p ]} = {" (0, vGS ) # " (0,VT )} = {vGS # VT } n ! - Using this and the definition for n, we arrive at: ! iD ( sub " threshold ) # Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 W * µe Cox L $ kT ' 2 q v "V n kT n " 1) e { GS T } (1 " e" qv DS / kT ) & )( %q( Lecture 12 - Slide 19 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - To fully complete our modeling, we must add two more points: 1. The dependences on vBS and vDS: vBS: The threshold voltage depends on vBS. φ(0,VT) does also, i.e. φ(0,VT) = - φp-vBS, and so do the junction barriers. Taking this all into account we find that the only change we need to make is to acknowledge that n and VT both depend on vBS. vDS: The drain to source voltage introduced a factor (1 - e-qvDS/kT) ≈ 1. This is discussed in the handout posted on Stellar. The complete expression for iD is: iD ,s" t (vGS , v DS , v BS ) # ! W * µe Cox L $ kT ' 2 q { vGS "VT ( v BS )} n kT (1 " e" qvDS / kT ) & ) [ n (v BS ) " 1] e %q( 2. The factor n: The value of n depends on φ(0,vGS). Notice, however, that the subthreshold current is largest as φ(0,vGS) approaches -φp-vBS, so it makes sense to evaluate it there and take that as its value for all vGS: & *& * ( 1 n " '1 + * ( 2 Cox ) Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 2#SiqN A ( ( 1 + - '1 + * [$ (0) % $ p ] ( ( Cox ,) ( #SiqN A + 2[%2$ p % v BS ] ( , ** Notice that this is exactly the same expression as that for α! Lecture 12 - Slide 20 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - Comparing current levels above and below threshold: The ranges of the two models do not overlap, but is it still interesting to compare the largest possible value of the subthreshold drain current model (vGS - VT = 0 V),* with the strong inversion model at vGS - VT = 0.06 V, 0.1 V, and 0.2 V: iD ( sub " threshold ) K $ kT ' 2 q v "V n kT # & ) ( n " 1) e { GS T } %q( (0.025)2 iD ( strong inversion ) ! K " 1 2 vGS $ VT ) ( 2# 0.4 ! 0.25 (0.06)2 (0.1)2 (0.2)2 1 vBS = 0 = 1.56 x 10-4 V2 = 1.5 x 10-3 V2 = 4 x 10-3 V2 = 1.6 x 10-2 V2 We see that the current in strong inversion drift current quickly becomes much larger, although only grows quadratically. Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 * This is pushing the model, particularly with regard to the diffusion current model, beyond it's range of strict validity, and is probably somewhat of an over-estimate. Lecture 12 - Slide 21 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - Plotting our models for the earlier device: NA = 1018 cm-3, tox = 3 nm: vBS = 0 Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 22 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - Zooming into a lower current scale: NA = 1018 cm-3, tox = 3 nm: vBS = 0 Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 23 Sub-threshold Operation of MOSFETs, cont. - Repeating the plot with a log current scale: NA = 1018 cm-3, tox = 3 nm: Slope = 60 x n mV/decade* Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 * n = 1.25 here so 75 mV/decade vBS = 0 Lecture 12 - Slide 24 Sub-threshold Output Characteristic - We plot a family of iD vs vDS curves with (vGS - VT) as the family variable, after first defining the sub-threshold diode saturation 2 $ kT ' current, IS,s-t: W * IS ,s" t # µe Cox & ) [ n " 1] = K o Vt2 [ n " 1] L %q( kT Note : Vt " , q log iD,s-t ! (vGS-VT) = -0.12xn Volts 10-2 IS,s-t (vGS-VT) = -0.18xn Volts 10-3 IS,s-t (vGS-VT) = -0.24xn Volts IS,s-t vDS iD ,s" t (vGS , v DS ) # IS ,s" t e Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 ! W * µe Cox L (vGS-VT) = -0.06xn Volts 10-1 IS,s-t ! 10-4 Ko " q { vGS "VT } n kT 1 " e" qv DS / kT ) ( Note: The device we modeled had n = 1.25, so it follows a "75 mV rule" [i.e. 60 x n = 75]. vBS = 0 Lecture 12 - Slide 25 Sub-threshold Output Characteristic, cont. - To compare this with something we've already seen, consider the BJT and plot a family of iC vs vCE curves with vBE as the family variable log iC vBE = 0.66 Volts 10+11 αFIES vBE = 0.60 Volts 10+10 αFIES 10+9 10+8 vBE = 0.54 Volts αFIES vBE = 0.48 Volts αFIES vCE iC (v BE , vCE ) " # F IES e qv BE kT (1 $ e $ qvCE / kT ) - The two biggest differences are (1) the magnitudes of the IS's, and (2) the factor of "n" in the MOSFET case. The totality of vBE reduces the barrier, whereas only a fraction 1/n of vGS does. ! - A third difference is that a BJT has a base current.* Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 Lecture 12 - Slide 26 * This is the price paid for having n = 1 in a BJT. Large Signal Model for MOSFET Operating Sub-threshold - The large signal model for a MOSFET operating in the weak inversion or sub-threshold region looks the same model as that for a device operating in strong inversion (vGS > VT) EXCEPT there is a different equation relating iD to vGS, vDS, and vBS: We will limit our model to vGS " VT , v DS > 3 kT / q and v BS = 0. D ! iD iD (vGS , vDS ) G iG (= 0) iG ,s" t (vGS , v DS , v BS ) = 0 S,B iD ,s" t (vGS , v DS , 0) # IS ,s" t (1 " $v DS ) e Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 ! Early effect q { vGS "VTo } n kT (1 " e " qv DS / kT ) ≈ 1 for vDS > 3 kT/q Lecture 12 - Slide 27 6.012 - Microelectronic Devices and Circuits Lecture 12 - Sub-threshold MOSFET Operation - Summary Sub-threshold operation - qualitative explanation Look back at Lecture 10 (Sub-threshold electron charge) BJT action in depletion/weak inversion layer along oxide the interface MOSFET gate-controlled lateral BJT Important in/for 1. power dissipation in normally-off logic gates 2. limiting the gain of strong inversion linear amplifiers 3. realizing ultra-low power, very low voltage electronics Quantitative sub-threshold modeling This gives us a precise description of the voltage dependence It also gives us the information on IS,s-t and n we need for device design iD ,s" t (vGS , v DS , v BS ) # IS ,s" t e with: IS ,s" t Clif Fonstad, 10/22/09 ! $ kT ' 2 W * # µe Cox & ) [ n " 1] L %q( q { vGS "VT ( v BS )} n kT & ( 1 and n " '1 + * ( Cox ) 1 " e" qv DS / kT ) ( * ( #SiqN A + =2[$2% p $ v BS ] ( , Lecture 12 - Slide 28 MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu 6.012 Microelectronic Devices and Circuits Fall 2009 For information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use, visit: http://ocw.mit.edu/terms. ...
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