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STT-RAM Generator. - Anurag Nigam. Challenges in SRAM High Leakage Solution Non-volatile memory. Leakage current. Motivation. Memory Technology Comparison. Hard Ferro magnetic layer. BL. Oxide layer. MTJ. R P. Free Ferro magnetic layer. R AP. WL. SL.

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STT-RAM Generator

- Anurag Nigam


Challenges in SRAM

High Leakage

Solution

Non-volatile memory

Leakage current

Motivation


Memory Technology Comparison


Hard Ferro magnetic layer

BL

Oxide layer

MTJ

RP

Free Ferro magnetic layer

RAP

WL

SL

STT-RAM bit cell overview

MTJ

  • 1 MTJ

  • 1 access transistor


Bit-cell Design

  • IMTJ = f (Vin, parameters)

  • Behavioral current source

  • Need to solve differential equation

  • How to solve differential equation ??


V

I

C

Capacitor current equation

  • I = C dV/dt


componentName = isource

I = f(V)

Bit-cell design

  • Editing CDF parameter to create behavioral source


WL

BL=0V

SL=1V

Switching

Write “1” Operation

Bit-cell design

Schematic


STT-RAM Macro

Data In

Write Driver

R/W

Data In

CLK

WLen

R/W

Timing Block

Data Out

CLK

ADDR

Memory Array

R’/W

ADDR

CL

WLS

Sensing Block

SAen

Data Out

Memory Interface


TBUF

BL

TBUF

SL

Write Driver

  • Write “1”  BL =0 SL=1

  • Write “0”  BL=1 SL=0


Test bit-cell

Sense amplifier design


RAP

RP

R-V characteristic of MTJ

  • Two states (RAP and RP)

  • Resistance is a function of voltage


Schematic automation

  • Leaf-cell schematic creation

    • Bitcells – Manual (using current/voltage sources)

    • Decoders – Skill

    • Sense amp. Timing block, Write driver – Manual

  • Memory array creation

    • 1Kb array - Skill


Schematic automation

  • Decoder

    procedure(Create7to128DecoderSchematic(libname,cellname))

  • Write Driver

    procedure(CreateWriteDrSchematic(libname,cellname,C))

  • Memory Array

    procedure(CreateSTTRAMSchematic(libname,cellname,R,C))


128 x 8 array

Write Driver

Timing block

Sense amplifier

1Kb STT-RAM array


Read “1”

Write “0”

Read ”0”

Write “1”

clk

Out<0>

Data<0>

Read and Write operation


Deliverables

  • STT-RAM bit-cell SPICE model

  • Skill script to generate complete functional STT-RAM

  • Class-specific work

    • Importing bit-cell model in ADE

    • Skill script development


Thanks for your time !


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