Novel device structure for phase change memory toward low-current operation

Eunha Kim, Nam Soo Kang, Hyung Jun Yang, Yuji Sutou, Yun Heub Song

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We present a novel device architecture for low set and reset currents in phase change random access memory (PCRAM). In this structure, the sidewall of phase-change film is contacted with the vertical heating layer. In particular, to realize a small contact area of under 50 nm2 for low reset current, this structure includes stacked layers consisting of extremely thin phase change material (PCM) and conduction films, the fabrication method of which is proposed. We estimated set and reset currents for the proposed structure by the device simulation method. Here, we confirmed that a contact area of 30nm2 in this structure, where Ge2Sb2Te5 is used as PCM, provides a reset current of 13.5 μA and a set current of 4 μA, which are promising for the scaling down of PCM. Furthermore, it is confirmed that the thinner PCM in this structure provides less thermal disturbance to the neighboring cell. From the results, we expect this structure to be a promising candidate for a high-density nonvolatile memory architecture with PCM.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094302
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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