As DRAM technology extends into 12-inch diameter wafer processing, plasma-induced wafer charging is a serious problem in DRAM volume manufacture. There are currently no comprehensive reports on the potential impact of plasma damage on high density DRAM reliability. In this paper, the possible effects of floating potential at the source/drain junction of cell transistor during high-field charge injection are reported, and regarded as high-priority issues to further understand charging damage during the metal pad etching. The degradation of block edge dynamic retention time during high temperature stress, not consistent with typical reliability degradation model, is analyzed. Additionally, in order to meet the satisfactory reliability level in volume manufacture of high density DRAM technology, the paper provides the guidelines with respect to plasma damage. Unlike conventional model as gate antenna effect, the cell junction damage by the exposure of dummy BL pad to plasma, was revealed as root cause.

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