05120670 is referenced by 27 patents and cites 6 patents.

The present invention provides a method of fabricating a virtual ground EPROM cell in a silicon substrate of P-type conductivity. In accordance with the method, a gate oxide layer is formed on the silicon substrate. This is followed by the formation of a first layer of polysilicon (poly 1). Next, a composite structure comprising oxide-nitride-oxide (ONO) is formed on the first polysilicon layer. Next, a photoresist mask is used to define parallel lines of ONO/poly 1. After etching the ONO/poly 1 to define the parallel lines, an arsenic implant is performed while keeping the photoresist mask in place to define N+ bit lines between the lines of ONO/poly 1. After the photoresist is stripped from the parallel lines of ONO/poly 1, an oxidation step is performed to complete the oxidation of the ONO and to simultaneously grow a differential oxide between the lines of ONO/poly 1. In the subsequent etching of the ONO/poly 1 lines in a stacked etch procedure, the differential oxide overlying the N+ bit lines protects the underlying substrate, thus avoiding interruption ("digging") of N+ bit lines in the EPROM array.

Thermal process for implementing the planarization inherent to stacked etch in virtual ground EPROM memories
Application Number
Publication Number
Application Date
April 18, 1991
Publication Date
June 9, 1992
Albert M Bergmont
San Jose
Limbach & Limbach
National Semiconductor Corporation
H01L 21/311
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