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New Delay-Time Measurements on a 64-kb Josephson–CMOS Hybrid Memory With a 600-ps Access Time

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Fujiwara, K. ; SanDisk Ltd., Yokkaichi, Japan ; Qingguo Liu ; Van Duzer, T. ; Meng, X.
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A 64-kb subnanosecond Josephson-CMOS hybrid random-access memory (RAM) has been developed with ultrafast hybrid interface circuits. The hybrid memory is designed and fabricated using a commercial 0.18-??m CMOS process and NEC-SRL's 2.5- kA/cm2 Nb process for Josephson circuits. The millivolt-level Josephson signals are amplified to volt-level CMOS digital signals by a hybrid interface amplifier, which is the most challenging part of the memory system. The performance of this amplifier is optimized by minimizing its parasitic capacitance loading. The 4-K operation of short-channel CMOS devices and circuits is reviewed, and a complete 4-K CMOS BSIM3 model, which has been verified by experiments, is discussed. The memory bit-line output currents are detected by ultralow-power high-speed Josephson devices. Here, we report the first high-frequency access-time measurements on the full critical path showing 600 ps for a single bit. We discuss future designs made to reduce the crosstalk and improve margins, as well as plans to reduce power dissipation and latency.

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Applied Superconductivity, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 1 )