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A 64-Mb chain ferroelectric RAM (chainFeRAM) is fabricated using 130-nm 3-metal CMOS technology. A newly developed quad bitline architecture, which combines folded bitline configuration with shield bitline scheme, eliminates bitline-bitline (BL-BL) coupling noise. The quad bitline architecture also reduces the number of sense amplifiers and activated bitlines, resulting in the reduction of die size by 6.5% and cell array power consumption by 28%. Fast read/write of 60-ns cycle time as well as reliability improvement are realized by two high-speed error checking and correcting (ECC) techniques: 1) fast pre-parity calculation ECC sequence and 2) all-“0”-write-before-data-write scheme. Moreover, among nonvolatile memories reported so far, the 64 Mb chain FeRAM has achieved the highest read/write bandwidth of 200 MB/s with ECC. The chip size is 87.5 mm2 with average cell size of 0.7191 μm2.