TaN Resistor Reliability Studies


Gergana I. Drandova, Kenneth D. Decker

TriQuint Semiconductor, 500 W Renner Road, Richardson, TX 75080, Email: gdrandova@tqs.com, Phone: (972) 994-5766


Keywords: Tantalum nitride, TaN, thin-film resistors, reliability, electromigration.



We present TaN thin-film resistor life test data for three different temperatures and three different current densities. A surprising decrease of resistance was observed over the course of the life tests. We show an exponential dependence of temperature for this degradation, with a more complicated current dependence. A relatively high activation energy of 2.3 eV was extracted from the life tests. Median time to failure predictions for the 10 _m wide, 100 _m long resistor investigated, are higher than 1 x 107 hours at 5.2 x 106 A/cm2 current density and base plate temperatures up to 50 °C.



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