A Block-Level Flash Memory Management Scheme for Reducing Write Activities in PCM-based Embedded Systems

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Provided by: European Design and Automation Association
Topic: Storage
Format: PDF
In this paper, the authors target at an embedded system with Phase Change Memory (PCM) and NAND flash memory. Although PCM is a promising main memory alternative and is recently introduced to embedded system designs, its endurance keeps drifting down and greatly limits the lifetime of the whole system. Therefore, this paper presents a block-level flash memory management scheme, WAB-FTL, to effectively manage NAND flash memory while reducing write activities of the PCM-based embedded systems. The basic idea is to preserve each bit in flash mapping table hosted by PCM from being inverted frequently during the process of mapping table update.
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