Core-shell dual-gate nanowire charge-trap memory for synaptic operations for neuromorphic applications

Md Hasan Raza Ansari, Udaya Mohanan Kannan, Seongjae Cho

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This work showcases the physical insights of a core-shell dual-gate (CSDG) nanowire transistor as an artificial synaptic device with short/long-term potentiation and long-term depres-sion (LTD) operation. Short-term potentiation (STP) is a temporary potentiation of a neural net-work, and it can be transformed into long-term potentiation (LTP) through repetitive stimulus. In this work, floating body effects and charge trapping are utilized to show the transition from STP to LTP while de-trapping the holes from the nitride layer shows the LTD operation. Furthermore, linearity and symmetry in conductance are achieved through optimal device design and biases. In a system-level simulation, with CSDG nanowire transistor a recognition accuracy of up to 92.28% is obtained in the Modified National Institute of Standards and Technology (MNIST) pattern recognition task. Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) compatibility and high recognition accuracy makes the CSDG nanowire transistor a promising candidate for the implementation of neuromorphic hardware.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1773
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) (No. 2016M3A7B4910348, Nano ∙ Material Technology Development Program, 50%) and was partly supported by Institute of Information & Communications Technology Planning & Evaluation (IITP) grant funded by the Korean government (MSIT) (No. 2020-0-01294, Development of IoT based edge computing ultra-low power artificial intelligent processor, 50%).

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  • Band-to-band tunneling
  • Charge-trap synaptic transistor
  • Long-term potentiation (LTP)
  • Neural network
  • Neuromorphic system
  • Pattern recognition
  • Short-term potentiation (STP)


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