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1 Lecture 0: Introduction

2 Introduction q Integrated circuits: many transistors on one chip q Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI): bucketloads! q Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor Fast, cheap, low power transistors q Today: How to build your own simple CMOS chip CMOS transistors Building logic gates from transistors Transistor layout and fabrication q Rest of the course: How to build a good CMOS chip 2

3 licon Lattice q Transistors are built on a silicon substrate q licon is a Group IV material q Forms crystal lattice with bonds to four neighbors 3

4 Dopants q licon is a semiconductor q Pure silicon has no free carriers and conducts poorly q Adding dopants increases the conductivity q Group V: extra electron (n-type) q Group III: missing electron, called hole (p-type) As B - 4

5 p-n Junctions q A junction between p-type and n-type semiconductors forms a diode q Current flows only in one direction p-type n-type anode cathode 5

6 nmos Transistor q Four terminals: gate, source, drain, body q Gate oxide body stack looks like a capacitor Gate and body are conductors O 2 (oxide) is a very good insulator Called metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) capacitor Even though gate is Source Gate Drain no longer made of metal* Polysilicon O 2 * Although metal gates are returning n+ Body p n+ bulk 6

7 nmos Operation q Body is usually tied to ground (0 V) q When the gate is at a low voltage: P-type body is at low voltage Source-body and drain-body diodes are OFF No current flows, transistor is OFF Source Gate Drain Polysilicon O 2 n+ p n+ bulk S 0 D 7

8 nmos Operation Cont. q When the gate is at a high voltage: Positive charge on gate of MOS capacitor Negative charge attracted to body Inverts a channel under gate to n-type Now current can flow through n-type silicon from source through channel to drain, transistor is ON Source Gate Drain Polysilicon O 2 n+ p n+ bulk S 1 D 8

9 pmos Transistor q milar, but doping and voltages reversed Body tied to high voltage (V DD ) Gate low: transistor ON Gate high: transistor OFF Bubble indicates inverted behavior Polysilicon O 2 Source Gate Drain p+ p+ n bulk 9

10 Power Supply Voltage q GND = 0 V q In 1980 s, V DD = 5V q V DD has decreased in modern processes High V DD would damage modern tiny transistors Lower V DD saves power q V DD = 3.3, 2.5, 1.8, 1.5, 1.2, 1.0, 10

11 Transistors as Switches q We can view MOS transistors as electrically controlled switches q Voltage at gate controls path from source to drain g = 0 g = 1 nmos g d d OFF d ON s s s d d d pmos g ON OFF s s s 11

12 CMOS Inverter A Y V DD A 01 OFF ON Y ON OFF A Y GND 12

13 CMOS NAND Gate A B Y OFF ON OFF ON A 1 0 ON OFF Y B 10 ON OFF 13

14 CMOS NOR Gate A B Y A B Y 14

15 3-input NAND Gate q Y pulls low if ALL inputs are 1 q Y pulls high if ANY input is 0 A B C Y 15

16 CMOS Fabrication q CMOS transistors are fabricated on silicon wafers q Lithography process similar to printing press q On each step, different materials are deposited or etched q Easiest to understand by viewing both top and cross-section of a wafer in a simplified manufacturing process 16

17 Inverter Cross-section q Typically use p-type substrate for nmos transistors q Requires n-well for body of pmos transistors A GND Y V DD O 2 n+ diffusion n+ n+ p+ p substrate n well p+ p+ diffusion polysilicon metal1 nmos transistor pmos transistor 17

18 Well and Substrate Taps q Substrate must be tied to GND and n-well to V DD q Metal to lightly-doped semiconductor forms poor connection called Shottky Diode q Use heavily doped well and substrate contacts / taps A GND Y V DD p+ n+ n+ p+ p+ n+ p substrate n well substrate tap well tap 18

19 Inverter Mask Set q Transistors and wires are defined by masks q Cross-section taken along dashed line A Y GND V DD substrate tap nmos transistor pmos transistor well tap 19

20 Detailed Mask Views q x masks n-well Polysilicon n+ diffusion p+ diffusion Contact Metal n well Polysilicon n+ Diffusion p+ Diffusion Contact Metal 20

21 Fabrication q Chips are built in huge factories called fabs q Contain clean rooms as large as football fields Courtesy of International Business Machines Corporation. Unauthorized use not permitted. 21

22 Fabrication Steps q Start with blank wafer q Build inverter from the bottom up q First step will be to form the n-well Cover wafer with protective layer of O 2 (oxide) Remove layer where n-well should be built Implant or diffuse n dopants into exposed wafer Strip off O 2 p substrate 22

23 Oxidation q Grow O 2 on top of wafer C with H 2 O or O 2 in oxidation furnace O 2 p substrate 23

24 Photoresist q Spin on photoresist Photoresist is a light-sensitive organic polymer Softens where exposed to light Photoresist O 2 p substrate 24

25 Lithography q Expose photoresist through n-well mask q Strip off exposed photoresist Photoresist O 2 p substrate 25

26 Etch q Etch oxide with hydrofluoric acid (HF) Seeps through skin and eats bone; nasty stuff!!! q Only attacks oxide where resist has been exposed Photoresist O 2 p substrate 26

27 Strip Photoresist q Strip off remaining photoresist Use mixture of acids called piranha etch q Necessary so resist doesn t melt in next step O 2 p substrate 27

28 n-well q n-well is formed with diffusion or ion implantation q Diffusion Place wafer in furnace with arsenic gas Heat until As atoms diffuse into exposed q Ion Implanatation Blast wafer with beam of As ions Ions blocked by O 2, only enter exposed O 2 n well 28

29 Strip Oxide q Strip off the remaining oxide using HF q Back to bare wafer with n-well q Subsequent steps involve similar series of steps p substrate n well 29

30 Polysilicon q Deposit very thin layer of gate oxide < 20 Å (6-7 atomic layers) q Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) of silicon layer Place wafer in furnace with lane gas (H 4 ) Forms many small crystals called polysilicon Heavily doped to be good conductor Polysilicon Thin gate oxide p substrate n well 30

31 Polysilicon Patterning q Use same lithography process to pattern polysilicon Polysilicon Polysilicon Thin gate oxide p substrate n well 31

32 Self-Aligned Process q Use oxide and masking to expose where n+ dopants should be diffused or implanted q N-diffusion forms nmos source, drain, and n-well contact p substrate n well 32

33 N-diffusion q Pattern oxide and form n+ regions q Self-aligned process where gate blocks diffusion q Polysilicon is better than metal for self-aligned gates because it doesn t melt during later processing n+ Diffusion p substrate n well 33

34 N-diffusion cont. q Historically dopants were diffused q Usually ion implantation today q But regions are still called diffusion n+ n+ n+ p substrate n well 34

35 N-diffusion cont. q Strip off oxide to complete patterning step n+ n+ n+ p substrate n well 35

36 P-Diffusion q milar set of steps form p+ diffusion regions for pmos source and drain and substrate contact p+ Diffusion p+ n+ n+ p+ p+ n+ p substrate n well 36

37 Contacts q Now we need to wire together the devices q Cover chip with thick field oxide q Etch oxide where contact cuts are needed Contact p+ n+ n+ p+ p+ n+ Thick field oxide p substrate n well 37

38 Metalization q Sputter on aluminum over whole wafer q Pattern to remove excess metal, leaving wires Metal p+ n+ n+ p+ p+ n+ Metal Thick field oxide p substrate n well 38

39 Layout q Chips are specified with set of masks q Minimum dimensions of masks determine transistor size (and hence speed, cost, and power) q Feature size f = distance between source and drain Set by minimum width of polysilicon q Feature size improves 30% every 3 years or so q Normalize for feature size when describing design rules q Express rules in terms of λ = f/2 E.g. λ = 0.3 µm in 0.6 µm process 39

40 mplified Design Rules q Conservative rules to get you started 40

41 Inverter Layout q Transistor dimensions specified as Width / Length Minimum size is 4λ / 2λ, sometimes called 1 unit In f = 0.6 µm process, this is 1.2 µm wide, 0.6 µm long 41

42 Summary q MOS transistors are stacks of gate, oxide, silicon q Act as electrically controlled switches q Build logic gates out of switches q Draw masks to specify layout of transistors q Now you know everything necessary to start designing schematics and layout for a simple chip! 42

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