On-Chip Cache Device Scaling Limits and Effective Fault Repair Techniques in Future Nanoscale Technology

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Provided by: Reed Business Information
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
In this paper, the authors investigate different cache fault-tolerance techniques to determine which will be most effective when on-chip memory cell defect probabilities exceed those of current technologies, which is highly anticipated in processor on-chip caches manufactured with future nanometer scale technologies. Their most significant finding from this study is that the devices in on-chip memory cells cannot be scaled at the same rate as devices in logic circuits due to the increasing number of erroneous memory cells with voltage scaling, requiring strong fault-tolerance techniques. Second, they propose a technique to minimize performance impacts under aggressive technology and voltage scaling. It works by merging pairs of faulty cache lines into good lines and performs better than TMR at high error rates.
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