Static noise margin enhancement by flex-pass-gate SRAM

Shin Ichi O'Uchi, Meishoku Masahara, Kunihiro Sakamoto, Kazuhiko Endo, Yungxun Liu, Takashi Matsukawa, Toshihiro Sekigawa, Hanpei Koike, Eiichi Suzuki

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Abstract

A flex-pass-gate SRAM, that is, a fin-type field effect transistor-based (FinFET-based) SRAM, is proposed to enhance the noise margin during both read and write operations. In its cell, the flip-flop is composed of the usual three-terminal (3T) FinFETs and the pass gates are composed of four-terminal (4T) FinFETs. The 4T-FinFETs enable the adoption of dynamic threshold-voltage (Vt) control in the pass gates. During a write operation, the V t of the pass gates is lowered to enhance the writing speed and stability. During the read operation, on the other hand, the Vt is raised to enhance the static noise margin. An asymmetric-oxide 4T-FinFET is helpful in managing the leakage current through the pass gate. In this paper, a design strategy for the pass gate with an asymmetric gate oxide is considered, and a TCAD-based Monte Carlo simulation reveals that the flex-pass-gate SRAM based on that design strategy may be expected to be effective in the half-pitch 32-nm technology for low standby power (LSTP) applications, even taking into account the variability in device performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalElectronics and Communications in Japan
Volume94
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • FinFET
  • SRAM
  • asymmetric oxide four-terminal FinFET
  • four-terminal FinFET
  • pass gate
  • static noise margin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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