Title: A Low Leakage 500 MHz 2T Embedded Dynamic Memory With Integrated Semi-transparent Refresh
Authors: Vignon, Anselme ×
Cosemans, Stefan
Maex, Karen
Dehaene, Wim #
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Solid-State Electronics vol:75 pages:55-62
Abstract: This paper presents a low-leakage 128 kbit dynamic memory based on a 2T dynamic cell. The design is implemented in a logic 90 nm technology and achieves a low static power consumption of 130 mWand an access time of 2 ns. It has a worst case retention time of 175 ms. This performance is achieved by introducing an optimized hierarchical
organization and peripheral circuits for the read, the write and the refresh operations. A novel writing mechanism for 2T cells using a double phase approach is demonstrated. The area penalty of using short read bitlines is alleviated using a charge transfer sense amplifier (SA). A novel local write sense amplifier (WSA) that can operate as a latch makes it possible to perform the refresh operation at the local level, improving the energy efficiency of the refresh operation. The memory includes an integrated automatic refresh mechanism. Most read and write operations can still be performed during refresh cycles. In cases where the accessed address conflicts
ISSN: 0038-1101
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:ESAT - MICAS, Microelectronics and Sensors
Associated Section of ESAT - INSYS, Integrated Systems
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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