Program Interference in MLC NAND Flash Memory: Characterization, Modeling, and Mitigation

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Provided by: Carnegie Mellon University
Topic: Storage
Format: PDF
As NAND flash memory continues to scale down to smaller process technology nodes, its reliability and endurance are degrading. One important source of reduced reliability is the phenomenon of program interference: when a flash cell is programmed to a value, the programming operation affects the threshold voltage of not only that cell, but also the other cells surrounding it. This interference potentially causes a surrounding cell to move to a logical state (i.e., a threshold voltage range) that is different from its original state, leading to an error when the cell is read.
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