The NROM cell concept has been introduced as a promising technology to replace Flash non-volatile memory devices also in embedded products, thanks to its intrinsic two-bits/cell operation and better endurance. However, the presence of physically separated electron and hole distributions generated by program and erase operations is reported to be one of the main causes of device’s retention degradation. Therefore, a deep knowledge of the features and evolution of the nitride storage charge is crucial for reliability, cell optimization, future scalability and multi-level operation. In this scenario, the purpose of this paper is twofold: 1) to introduce a combined simulative-experimental method allowing profiling hole distribution in devices erased with different bias conditions; 2) to monitor through this technique the evolution of the nitride charge with cycling, correlating it to the degradation of memory reliability after cycling.
ID-VGS Based Tools to Profile Charge Distributions on NROMTM Memory Devices / Padovani, Andrea; Larcher, Luca; Pavan, Paolo; L., Avital; I., Bloom; B., Eitan. - In: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON DEVICE AND MATERIALS RELIABILITY. - ISSN 1530-4388. - STAMPA. - 7:1(2007), pp. 97-104. [10.1109/TDMR.2007.897528]