Experimental 27 ns 1 Mb CMOS high-speed DRAM

S. Dhong*, W. Henkels, N. Lu, R. Scheuerlein, G. Bronner, K. Kitamura, Y. Katayama, H. Niijima, T. Kirihata, R. Franch, Wei Hwang, M. Nishiwaki, F. Pesavento, T. Rajeevakumar, Y. Sakaue, Y. Suzuki, E. Yano

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The authors describe an experimental 256K-word by 4-b CMOS DRAM with a typical RAS access time of 27 ns. In page mode operation, a typical CAS access time of 12 ns with a page cycle time of 24 ns was obtained. This performance was achieved by strapping wordline with metal, a multiplexed sense amplifier using depletion devices, a fast boosted wordline clock and driver, half-VDD sensing without dummy cells, and segmented I/O lines for faster I/O sensing. Unique wordline and bitline redundancy that does not adversely affect access and cycle times was implemented. Robust cell-array N-well and substrate bias generators provide low cell leakage current and improve peripheral circuit speed. A bitline margin test done by changing the bitline precharge voltage enhances the testability of the memory arrays.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1989
EventSymposium on VLSI Circuits 1989 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 25 May 198927 May 1989


ConferenceSymposium on VLSI Circuits 1989
CityKyoto, Japan

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    Dhong, S., Henkels, W., Lu, N., Scheuerlein, R., Bronner, G., Kitamura, K., Katayama, Y., Niijima, H., Kirihata, T., Franch, R., Hwang, W., Nishiwaki, M., Pesavento, F., Rajeevakumar, T., Sakaue, Y., Suzuki, Y., & Yano, E. (1989). Experimental 27 ns 1 Mb CMOS high-speed DRAM. 107-108. Paper presented at Symposium on VLSI Circuits 1989, Kyoto, Japan, .