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1Mb Non-Volatile Random Access Memory Using Oxide Semiconductor

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16 Author(s)
Takanori Matsuzaki ; Semicond. Energy Lab. Co., Ltd., Atsugi, Japan ; Hiroki Inoue ; Shuhei Nagatsuka ; Yutaka Okazaki
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We propose Non-Volatile Oxide Semiconductor Random Access Memory (NOSRAM) that is a novel memory including a transistor using an oxide semiconductor, In-Ga-Zn Oxide. OS transistors feature extremely low leakage current of about 100-600 yA/μm (1 yA = 10-24 A) at 85°C for example, and are applicable to memory elements. Our prototype of a 1Mb NOSRAM has achieved 1012 write cycles, no need of erasing operation, low-voltage high-speed write, and the like. The NOSRAM is not theoretically degraded by data write while a flash memory is degraded every time data are written; therefore, our NOSRAM has the possibility to be used as a non-volatile memory superior to a flash memory.

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2011 3rd IEEE International Memory Workshop (IMW)

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22-25 May 2011