Ultra Low Power Litho Friendly Local Assist Circuitry For Variability Resilient 8T SRAM

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Provided by: European Design and Automation Association
Topic: Storage
Format: PDF
Read-decoupled 8T SRAM cell offers a higher degree of variability resilience compared to 6T SRAM cell at the expense of an increased area overhead. This paper presents litho friendly circuit techniques for variability resilient low power 8T SRAM. The new local assist circuitry achieves a state-of-the-art low energy and variability resilient WRITE operation and improves the degraded access speed of SRAM cells at low voltages. Differential VSS bias increases the variability resilience. The physical regularity in the layout of local assist circuitry enables litho optimization thereby reducing the area overhead associated with existing local assist techniques.
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