Computer model of the trapping media in micro FLASH (R) memory cells Academic Article uri icon


  • A computer model for the dielectric trapping layer in the microFLASH memory transistor is developed. Due to local trapping of injected charges in corresponding devices the problem of lateral charge migration in the plane parallel to the transistor channel becomes of principal importance. Molecular Dynamics method was used to design a cluster of atoms with dielectric properties and to perform computer simulation of the redistribution of the injected charges in the program/erase processes. The charge distributions obtained on the basis of proposed model are strongly influenced by Coulomb repulsion between the trapped charge carriers. This effect leads to non-Gaussian discrete space distribution of trapped charges and significantly influences the endurance of the memory device. We demonstrate that large densities of traps and injected carriers are strongly correlated, limiting the amount of charge that can be accumulated in the programming process. The model allows select optimum parameters of the trapping layer to ensure high retention properties of the memory cells.

publication date

  • January 1, 2002