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A 2-kbit superconducting memory chip

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1 Author(s)
P. -F. Yuh ; HYPRES Inc., Elmsford, NY, USA

A 2-kb nondestructive readout memory chip has been built using an Nb/AlO/sub x//Nb Josephson-junction process with a 2.5- mu m design rule. A bitmap of 56% functional cells among 1.5 K tested cells, a read access time of 200 ps, an average cycle time of 500 ps without the decoder, and a power dissipation of 1.6 mW including peripheral circuits have been obtained. The decoding time is estimated to be 540 ps. The circuits in this 5-mm by 5-mm, 24-pin chip includes 2 K memory cells, 6-b decoder and drivers, serial-to-parallel and parallel-to-serial converters, and circuits for design of testability or timing measurements. More than 14000 junctions are used on the chip.<>

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IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 2 )