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A robust array architecture for a capacitorless MISS tunnel-diode memory

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4 Author(s)
Hanzawa, S. ; Central Res. Lab., Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo, Japan ; Sakata, T. ; Sekiguchi, T. ; Matsuoka, H.

With the aim of applying a MISS tunnel-diode cell to a high-density RAM, we studied its problems and developed three circuit techniques to solve them. The first, a hierarchical bit-line structure increases the number of memory cells in a bit-line and reduces the number of sense amplifiers. The second, a twin-dummy-cell technique generates a proper reference signal to discriminate read currents. The third, a standby-voltage control scheme reduces background currents and suppresses the degeneration of the signal current. These techniques enable a high-density RAM to use the capacitorless MISS-diode memory cell, whose effective cell area is 6F/sup 2/ (F: minimum feature size). The third technique increases the signal current from 0.25 to 0.85 compared to the original one.

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VLSI Circuits Digest of Technical Papers, 2002. Symposium on

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13-15 June 2002