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High-performance embedded SOI DRAM architecture for the low-power supply

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7 Author(s)
Yamauchi, T. ; ULSI Dev. Center, Mitsubishi Electr. Corp., Hyogo, Japan ; Morisita, F. ; Shigenobu Maeda ; Arimoto, K.
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This paper presents the high-performance DRAM array and logic architecture for a sub-1.2-V embedded silicon-on-insulator (SOI) DRAM. The degradation of the transistor performance caused by boosted wordline voltage level is distinctly apparent in the low voltage range. In our proposed stressless SOI DRAM array, the applied electric field to the gate oxide of the memory-cell transistor can he relaxed. The crucial problem that the gate oxide of the embedded-DRAM process must be thicker than that of the logic process can be solved. As a result, the performance degradation of the logic transistor can be avoided without forming the gate oxides of the memory-cell array and the logic circuits individually. In addition, the data retention characteristics can be improved. Secondly, we propose the body-bias-controlled SOI-circuit architecture which enhances the performance of the logic circuit at sub-1.2-V power supply voltage, Experimental results verify that the proposed circuit architecture has the potential to reduce the gate-delay time up to 30% compared to the conventional one. This proposed architecture could provide high performance in the low-voltage embedded SOI DRAM.

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:35 ,  Issue: 8 )