Implementation Of Write Assist Technique On Low Voltage Distributed Memory

Chan, Gaik Ming (2016) Implementation Of Write Assist Technique On Low Voltage Distributed Memory. Masters thesis, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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In scaled technology nodes and scaled supply voltages, the SRAM write ability is being degraded and becomes a critical design concern. Various write assist techniques are developed to improve SRAM write ability. In this study, an improved write assist technique that implements the conventional boosted word-line voltage idea on the Dual-VT SRAM cell is proposed. By adopting the low threshold voltage write access transistors in the proposed technique, the comparable write access time as the conventional technique could be achieved with the lower boosted voltage. The lower boosted voltage on word-line drivers could help in static and dynamic power reductions. However, the proposed technique has drawback of higher static power on SRAM cell due to the adoption of low threshold voltage transistor. The SPICE simulation has been performed to evaluate the write performance and power consumption of the conventional and proposed techniques for comparative study. The simulation results have shown that a lower boosted voltage could be applied on lower threshold voltage write access transistor with 1% to 2% improvement as compared to the conventional technique. The boosted voltages for Std-VT, Low-VT and Ultra-Low-VT write access transistors are 1.00V, 0.94V and 0.90V respectively. When SRAM write operation is activated, there is an average of 6% total power reduction observed with the implementation of Low-VT write access transistor. The implementation of Ultra-Low-VT write access transistor produces 10% of total power reduction. When SRAM write operation is inactivated, the Low-VT write access transistor implementation could save 7% total power consumption. However, the implementation of Ultra-Low-VT write access transistor causes up to 4% total power increment. As a result, the proposed write assist technique is suitable for the low voltage distributed memory in the applications of high speed and high activity of memory write operation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Accession No: 875005965
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical Engineering. Electronics. Nuclear Engineering > TK7800-8360 Electronics
Divisions: Kampus Kejuruteraan (Engineering Campus) > Pusat Pengajian Kejuruteraaan Elektrik & Elektronik (School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering) > Thesis
Depositing User: Mr Mohd Fadli Abd Rahman
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 02:21
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 02:21

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