doi: 10.7873/DATE.2015.0932

Impact of Interconnect Multiple-Patterning Variability on SRAMs

Ioannis Karageorgos1,2,a, Michele Stucchi1, Praveen Raghavan1, Julien Ryckaert1, Zsolt Tokei1, Diederik Verkest1, Rogier Baert1, Sushil Sakhare1 and Wim Dehaene1,2

1imec, Kapeldreef 75, Leuven, Belgium.

2KU Leuven, ESAT, Leuven, Belgium


The introduction of Multiple Patterning (MP) in sub-32nm technology nodes may pose severe variability problems in wire resistance and capacitance of IC circuits. In this paper we evaluate the impact of this variability on the performance of SRAM cell arrays based on the 10nm technology node, for a relevant range of process variation assumptions. The MP options we consider are the triple Litho-Etch (LE3) and the Self Aligned Double Patterning (SADP), together with Single Patterning Extreme-UV (EUV). In addition to the analysis of the worst-case variability scenario and the impact on SRAM performance, we propose an analytical formula for the estimation of SRAM read time penalty, using the RC variation of the bit line and the array size as input parameters. This formula, verified with SPICE simulations, allows a fast extraction of the statistical distribution of the read time penalty, using the Monte-Carlo method. Results on each patterning option are presented and compared.

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