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1. US20060249791 - One time programmable memory cell

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United States of America
Application Number 11122848
Application Date 05.05.2005
Publication Number 20060249791
Publication Date 09.11.2006
Grant Number 7256446
Grant Date 14.08.2007
Publication Kind B2
IPC
H01L 29/66
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
29Semiconductor devices specially adapted for rectifying, amplifying, oscillating or switching and having at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier; Capacitors or resistors with at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier, e.g. PN-junction depletion layer or carrier concentration layer; Details of semiconductor bodies or of electrodes thereof
66Types of semiconductor device
H01L 29/788
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
29Semiconductor devices specially adapted for rectifying, amplifying, oscillating or switching and having at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier; Capacitors or resistors with at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier, e.g. PN-junction depletion layer or carrier concentration layer; Details of semiconductor bodies or of electrodes thereof
66Types of semiconductor device
68controllable by only the electric current supplied, or only the electric potential applied, to an electrode which does not carry the current to be rectified, amplified, or switched
76Unipolar devices
772Field-effect transistors
78with field effect produced by an insulated gate
788with floating gate
CPC
G11C 17/16
GPHYSICS
11INFORMATION STORAGE
CSTATIC STORES
17Read-only memories programmable only once; Semi-permanent stores, e.g. manually-replaceable information cards
14in which contents are determined by selectively establishing, breaking or modifying connecting links by permanently altering the state of coupling elements, e.g. PROM
16using electrically-fusible links
G11C 17/18
GPHYSICS
11INFORMATION STORAGE
CSTATIC STORES
17Read-only memories programmable only once; Semi-permanent stores, e.g. manually-replaceable information cards
14in which contents are determined by selectively establishing, breaking or modifying connecting links by permanently altering the state of coupling elements, e.g. PROM
18Auxiliary circuits, e.g. for writing into memory
H01L 27/112
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
27Devices consisting of a plurality of semiconductor or other solid-state components formed in or on a common substrate
02including semiconductor components specially adapted for rectifying, oscillating, amplifying or switching and having at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier; including integrated passive circuit elements with at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier
04the substrate being a semiconductor body
10including a plurality of individual components in a repetitive configuration
105including field-effect components
112Read-only memory structures ; [ROM] and multistep manufacturing processes therefor
H01L 27/11206
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
27Devices consisting of a plurality of semiconductor or other solid-state components formed in or on a common substrate
02including semiconductor components specially adapted for rectifying, oscillating, amplifying or switching and having at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier; including integrated passive circuit elements with at least one potential-jump barrier or surface barrier
04the substrate being a semiconductor body
10including a plurality of individual components in a repetitive configuration
105including field-effect components
112Read-only memory structures ; [ROM] and multistep manufacturing processes therefor
11206Programmable ROM [PROM], e.g. memory cells comprising a transistor and a fuse or an antifuse
Applicants Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, Ltd.
Inventors Hu Yongzhong
Tai Sung-Shan
Agents Lin Bo-In
Priority Data 11122848 05.05.2005 US
Title
(EN) One time programmable memory cell
Abstract
(EN)

This invention discloses a one-time programmable (OTP) memory cell. The OTP memory cell includes a dielectric layer disposed between two conductive polysilicon segments wherein the dielectric layer is ready to change from a non-conductive state to a conductive state through an induced voltage breakdown. In a preferred embodiment, one of the conductive polysilicon segments further includes an etch undercut configuration for conveniently inducing the voltage breakdown in the dielectric layer. In a preferred embodiment, the dielectric layer is further formed as sidewalls covering the edges and corners of a first polysilicon segments to conveniently induce a voltage breakdown in the dielectric layer by the edge and corner electrical field effects.


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