Cell Sensing Margin of Lead-Free (Bi,La)4Ti3O12Thin Film Deposited on MTP Cell Structure in High Density FeRAM Device
A 16Mb 1-transistor /1-capacitor (1T1C) FeRAM device was fabricated with lead-free Bi3.25La0.75Ti3.0O12 (BLT) capacitors. The key integration processes contain a scalable MTP (Merged Top-electrode and Plate-line) cell structure and reliable BLT ferroelectric capacitors. Ferroelectric properties of BLT films were optimized on the newly developed MTP cell structure. BLT films were coated on Pt/IrOx/Ir bottom electrode using sol-gel solutions. The composition of the optimized BLT film was about Bi3.25La0.75Ti3.0O12. The switchable polarization obtained in a 100nm-thick BLT film was about 20 µC/cm2 at the 3 V applied voltage, and the optimized BLT film showed a few fatigue losses about 10% up to 1 × 1011 cycles. The imprint properties of the BLT film were also characterized at 25°C and 90°C operating temperature after 125°C data storage. The average cell signal sensing margin between data "1" and data "0" was measured to be about 900 mV, which is a sufficiently large margin for device operation.
Hyung Sun Kim, Yu Bao Li and Soo Wohn Lee
J.H. Choi et al., "Cell Sensing Margin of Lead-Free (Bi,La)4Ti3O12Thin Film Deposited on MTP Cell Structure in High Density FeRAM Device", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 510-511, pp. 530-533, 2006