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Maximum-information storage system: Concept, implementation and application

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1 Author(s)
Xin Li ; Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

The aggressive technology scaling has made it increasingly difficult to design high-performance, high-density SRAM circuits. In this paper, we propose a new SRAM design methodology that is referred to as maximum-information storage system (MISS). Unlike most traditional SRAM circuits that are designed for maximum cell density, MISS aims to maximize the information density (i.e., the number of information bits per unit area). Towards this goal, an information model is derived to quantitatively measure the information bits stored in a given SRAM system. In addition, a convex optimization framework is developed to optimize SRAM cells to achieve maximum information storage. Our design example in a commercial 65nm CMOS process demonstrates that MISS achieves more than 3.5× area reduction over the traditional SRAM design, while storing the same amount of information. Furthermore, two real-life signal processing examples show that given the same area constraint, MISS can increase signal-to-noise ratio by more than 30 dB compared to the traditional SRAM system.

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2010 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD)

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7-11 Nov. 2010