Flexible In-Ga-Zn-O based circuits with two and three metal layers: simulation and fabrication study

Cantarella, G, Ishida, K, Petti, L, Munzenrieder, N, Meister, T, Shabanpour, R, Carta, C, Ellinger, F, Troster, G and Salvatore, G A (2016) Flexible In-Ga-Zn-O based circuits with two and three metal layers: simulation and fabrication study. IEEE Electron Device Letters (99). p. 1. ISSN 0741-3106

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Abstract

The quest for high-performance flexible circuits call for scaling of the minimum feature size in Thin-Film Transistors (TFTs). Although reduced channel lengths can guarantee an improvement in the electrical properties of the devices, proper design rules also play a crucial role to minimize parasitics when designing fast circuits. In this letter, systematic Computer-Aided Design (CAD) simulations have guided the fabrication of highperformance flexible operational amplifiers (opamps) and logic circuits based on Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide (IGZO) TFTs. In particular, the performance improvements due to the use of an additional third metal layer for the interconnections has been estimated for the first time. Encouraged by the simulated enhancements resulting by the decreased parasitic resistances and capacitances, both TFTs and circuits have been realized on a free-standing 50μm thick polymide foil using three metal layers. Despite the thicker layer stack, the TFTs have shown mechanical stability down to 5mm bending radii. Moreover, the opamps and the logic circuits have yielded improved electrical performance with respect to the architecture with two metal layers: gainbandwidth- product (GBWP) increased by 16:9%, for the first one, and propagation delay (tpd) decreased by 43%, for the latter one.

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Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Sensor Technology Research Centre
Depositing User: Niko Munzenrieder
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 12:08
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2017 01:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65230

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