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To help overcome limits to the speed of conventional SRAMs, we have developed a read-static-noise-margin-free SRAM cell. It consists of seven transistors, several of which are low-Vth nMOS transistors used to achieve both low-VDD and high-speed operations. For the same speed, the area of our proposed SRAM is 23% smaller than that of a conventional SRAM. Further, we have fabricated a 64-kb SRAM macro using 90-nm CMOS technology and have obtained with it a minimum VDD of 440 mV and a 20-ns access time with a 0.5-V supply.
Date of Publication: Jan. 2006