Threshold voltage design of UTB SOI SRAM with improved stability/ variability for ultralow voltage near subthreshold operation

Vita Pi Ho Hu, Ming Long Fan, Pin Su, Ching Te Chuang

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Abstract

This paper analyzes and compares the stability, margin, performance, and variability of ultrathin-body (UTB) SOI 6T SRAM cells operating near the subthreshold region with different threshold voltage (Vth) design. Our results indicate that UTB SOI 6T SRAM cell using low Vth devices (Vth= 0.19 V) shows a comparable read static noise margin (RSNM), 41% improvement in σRSNM, 84% improvement in write static noise margin (WSNM), and 67% improvement in σWSNM as comparaed with the case using higher Vth devices (Vth = 0.49 V). As Vth decreases (work function moves to the band edge), the 'cell' access time improves significantly with correspondingly higher standby leakage. For low Vth devices (Vth= 0.19 V), it is shown that lowering bit-line precharge voltage by 50 mV reduces the standby leakage by 20%. Our study suggests that the lower Vth devices operating slightly into super-threshold region improve the stability/variability significantly and offer higher performance for ultralow voltage SRAM applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5762354
Pages (from-to)524-531
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Metal gate
  • SOI
  • subthreshold SRAM
  • ultrathin-body
  • variability

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