Low power and robust memory circuits with asymmetrical ground gating

Hailong Jiao, Yongmin Qiu, V. Kursun

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Multi-threshold CMOS (MTCMOS) technique is commonly used for suppressing leakage currents in idle circuits. The application of MTCMOS technique to static random access memory (SRAM) circuits is investigated in this paper. Two asymmetrically ground-gated MTCMOS SRAM circuits are presented for providing a low-leakage SLEEP mode with data retention capability. The read and hold static noise margins are increased by up to 7.24× and 2.39×, respectively, with the new asymmetrical SRAM cells as compared to conventional six-transistor (6T) SRAM cells in a 65 nm CMOS technology. The overall electrical quality of a memory array is enhanced by up to 103.52× and 57.75% with the proposed asymmetrically ground-gated memory cells as compared to the conventional ground-gated 6T and eight-transistor (8T) SRAM cells, respectively. The new asymmetrical SRAM cells also exhibit enhanced tolerance to process parameter variations and lower minimum applicable power supply voltages as compared with the conventional 6T and 8T SRAM cells.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)109-119
Aantal pagina's11
TijdschriftMicroelectronics Journal
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 feb 2016


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