University of Miami School of Business Administration
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.