Ultra-Scaled AlOx Diffusion Barriers for Multibit HfOx RRAM Operation

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For dense very large scale integration (VLSI) of high performance, multibit resistive memory (RRAM), scalability of material dimensions, as well as the operational sensitivity of the RRAM to voltage fluctuations, have to be considered. This report presents the benefits of adding 0.5-nm thick AlO x diffusion barriers at the different electrode interfaces of HfO x . It is found that implementing AlO x -layers at both the bottom and the top electrode interface enables a tight control of the oxygen vacancy filament, resulting in low switching voltages and significantly improving switching endurance up to 10 6 cycles using a performance limiting resistor compliance. It is also shown that the filament in its low resistive state ( RLRS ) can be linearly reduced and enlarged at levels compatible to the conduction limitations of scaled selectors using an external 1T1R transistor compliance. With selector controlled resistance modulation, the RLRS becomes independent of the magnitude of the programming voltage and thus less sensitive to losses throughout a large memory array.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-569
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society
Publication statusPublished - 2021 May 12

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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