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In nanometer scale static-RAM (SRAM) arrays, systematic inter-die and random within-die variations in process parameters can cause significant parametric failures, severely degrading parametric yield. In this paper, we investigate the interaction between the inter-die and intra-die V t variations on SRAM read and write failures. To improve the robustness of the SRAM cell, we propose a closed-loop compensation scheme using on-chip monitors that directly sense the global read stability and writability of the cell. Simulations based on 45-nm partially depleted silicon-on-insulator technology demonstrate the viability and the effectiveness of the scheme in SRAM yield enhancement.
Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:18 , Issue: 1 )
Date of Publication: Jan. 2010