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access icon free Downscaling AsTeGeSiN threshold switching devices for high-density 3D memories

In high-density three-dimensional (3D) memory technology, a stacking method is used to create memory devices and access devices at the intersections of bit lines and word lines. For this application, access devices should have a high on/off ratio, high current density for writing cycles, and high endurance. Consequently, an arsenic–tellurium–germanium–silicon nitride compound (AsTeGeSiN) threshold switching device with a high current density of 104 A/cm2 above the threshold voltage (V th) is reported as a good candidate for use in access devices. In addition, scaling down of access devices as well as memory devices is essential for high-density 3D memories. However, in AsTeGeSiN threshold switching devices, fast degradation by pulse cycling in smaller devices is observed. To find the main cause of fast degradation by pulse cycling in smaller devices, the low-frequency noise properties are examined. The rapid increase in the trap density (N T) in small devices is the main cause of fast degradation by pulse cycling in AsTeGeSiN devices. On the basis of this evaluation, the author examines the effect of annealing temperature and annealing time on the pulse endurance in smaller devices. Using an annealing temperature of ∼600°C improves the cycling endurance of smaller devices.


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