2016 Memory Devices

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Instructor(s)
Sugahara Satoshi 
Course component(s)
Lecture     
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon7-8(S222)  
Group
-
Course number
EEE.D371
Credits
1
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2016/4/27
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

This course provides device and circuit technologies for memory systems that play an essential role for logic systems such as microprocessors, system-on-chip (SOC) devices, field-programmed gate array (FPGA) devices, and microcontrollers. Firstly, requirements and organizations of hierarchical memory systems, circuit technologies of memory subsystems, and introduction of various memories are lectured. Secondly, fundamentals of CMOS devices and circuits are briefly reviewed, and then operating principles of bistable circuits are learned as a basis of CMOS-based memories. Thirdly, details of various flip-flops and SRAM cells are comprehended with their applications of registers, register files, and caches. Architectures for high speed, low-power, and stable operations for these memories are also discussed. Fourthly, device and circuit technologies of large capacity memory, that is, DRAM, is provided. Finally, practically used nonvolatile memories, i.e., Flash and FeRAM, and emerging nonvolatile memories, such as, MRAM, ReRAM, and PRAM, are discussed with new applications of nonvolatile memories for logic systems.

Student learning outcomes

Through the course, the students will be able to
1) understand concept and organization of memory hierarchy for logic systems.
2) comprehend operating principles, microarchitectures, performance, and applications of CMOS-based bistable memories (latch, flip-flop, and SRAM).
3) comprehend operating principles, microarchitectures, performance, and applications of nonvolatile memories (Flash, FeRAM, MRAM, ReRAM, and PRAM).

Keywords

memory hierarchy, resister, resister file, cache, bistable circut, latch, flip-flop, SRAM, DRAM, EPRAM, EEPROM, Flash, FeRAM, MRAM, ReRAM, PRAM

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Exercises will be carried out during the classes to help an understanding of the lectures

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 memory systems and their organization Memory hierarchy, organization of memory systems, introduction of various memories
Class 2 fundamentals of CMOS devices and circuits Modeling of CMOS devices, CMOS inverter, transfer gates, and advanced CMOS devices
Class 3 bistable circuit and flip-flop Operating principles, performance, and applications of flip-flop
Class 4 SRAM Operating principles, microarchitectures, performance, and applications of SRAM
Class 5 DRAM Operating principles, architectures, and performance of DRAM
Class 6 ROM and Flash Operating principles, architectures, performance, and applications of EPROM, EEPROM, Flash memry.
Class 7 MRAM and FeRAM Fundamentals of Magnetic and ferroelectric materials. Operating principles, architectures, performance, and applications of MRAM and FeRAM
Class 8 Emerging nonvolatile memories and new applications of nonvolatile memories for logic systems Microcontroller, FPGA , and lower system applications of emerging nonvolatile memories.

Textbook(s)

None specified

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials will be provided

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluation will be based on the term-end examination.

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Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None in particular

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