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A 20nm 1.8V 8Gb PRAM with 40MB/s program bandwidth

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Youngdon Choi ; Samsung Electron., Hwasung, South Korea ; Ickhyun Song ; Mu-Hui Park ; Hoeju Chung
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Phase-change random access memory (PRAM) is considered as one of the most promising candidates for future memories because of its good scalability and cost-effectiveness [1]. Besides implementations with standard interfaces like NOR flash or LPDDR2-NVM, application-oriented approaches using PRAM as main-memory or storage-class memory have been researched [2-3]. These studies suggest that noticeable merits can be achieved by using PRAM in improving power consumption, system cost, etc. However, relatively low chip density and insufficient write bandwidth of PRAMs are obstacles to better system performance. In this paper, we present an 8Gb PRAM with 40MB/s write bandwidth featuring 8Mb sub-array core architecture with 20nm diode-switched PRAM cells [4]. When an external high voltage is applied, the write bandwidth can be extended as high as 133MB/s.

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Solid-State Circuits Conference Digest of Technical Papers (ISSCC), 2012 IEEE International

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19-23 Feb. 2012