Variation-Aware Static and Dynamic Writability Analysis for Voltage-Scaled Bit-Interleaved 8-T SRAMs

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Provided by: University of Miami School of Business Administration
Topic: Storage
Format: PDF
As process technology scales, SRAM robustness is compromised. In addition, lowering the supply voltage to reduce power consumption further reduces the read and write margins. To maintain robustness, a new bitcell topology, 8-T bitcell, has been proposed and read where write operation can be separately optimized. However, it can aggravate the half select disturb when write word-line boosting is applied or the bitcell sizing is done to enable robust writability. The half select disturb issue limits the use of a bit-interleaved array configuration required for immunity to soft errors. The opposing characteristic between write operation and half select disturb generates a new constraint which should be carefully considered for robust operation of voltage-scaled bit-interleaved 8-T SRAMs.
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