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Design considerations for a radiation hardened nonvolatile memory

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1 Author(s)
Murray, J.R. ; Sandia Nat. Lab., Albuquerque, NM, USA

The authors discuss the design techniques used in the development of a 64 K EEPROM (electrically erasable programmable read-only memory) to maximize radiation hardness. Radiation testing has been performed on the 64 K EEPROM, demonstrating total dose hardness of greater than 1 Mrad (Si), immunity to data loss in a transient environment of greater than 1.4×1011 rad(Si)/s, a write upset level of greater than 3×109 rad(Si)/s, and a read upset level of greater than 1×108 rad(Si)/s. The SEU (single event upset) soft error level ranged from an LET (linear energy transfer) of 35 to 50 MeV-cm2/mg for the various latches. Design modifications for reducing the standby current in a weapon environment and for increasing the transient upset level in the read mode are presented. The value of circuit simulations for predicting the radiation response of a nonvolatile memory and as well as for diagnosing radiation failures has been demonstrated

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 6 )