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Half-V/SUB DD/ bit-line sensing scheme in CMOS DRAMs

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A sensing scheme in which the bit line is precharged to half V/SUB DD/ is introduced for CMOS DRAMs. The proposed circuitry uses a PMOS memory array and incorporates the following features: (1) a complementary sense amplifier consisting of NMOS and PMOS cross-coupled pairs; (2) clocked pulldown of the latching node; (3) complementary clocking of the PMOS pullup; (4) full-sized dummy cell generation of reference potential for sensing; (5) shorting transistor to equalize precharge potential of bit lines; and (6) depletion NMOS decoupling transistors for multiplexing bit lines. The study shows that the half-V/SUB DD/ bit-line sensing scheme has several unique advantages, especially for high-performance high-density CMOS DRAMs, which compared to the full-V/SUB DD/ bit-line sensing scheme used for NMOS memory arrays or the grounded bit-line sensing scheme for PMOS arrays in CMOS DRAMs.

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 4 )