Device Image-IV Mapping using Variational Autoencoder for Inverse Design and Forward Prediction

by   Thomas Lu, et al.

This paper demonstrates the learning of the underlying device physics by mapping device structure images to their corresponding Current-Voltage (IV) characteristics using a novel framework based on variational autoencoders (VAE). Since VAE is used, domain expertise is not required and the framework can be quickly deployed on any new device and measurement. This is expected to be useful in the compact modeling of novel devices when only device cross-sectional images and electrical characteristics are available (e.g. novel emerging memory). Technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD) generated and hand-drawn Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (MOS) device images and noisy drain-current-gate-voltage curves (IDVG) are used for the demonstration. The framework is formed by stacking two VAEs (one for image manifold learning and one for IDVG manifold learning) which communicate with each other through the latent variables. Five independent variables with different strengths are used. It is shown that it can perform inverse design (generate a design structure for a given IDVG) and forward prediction (predict IDVG for a given structure image, which can be used for compact modeling if the image is treated as device parameters) successfully. Since manifold learning is used, the machine is shown to be robust against noise in the inputs (i.e. using hand-drawn images and noisy IDVG curves) and not confused by weak and irrelevant independent variables.


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