Bitline Charge Sharing Suppressed Bitline and Cell Supply Collapse Assists for Energy-Efficient 6T SRAM

Kiryong Kim, Tae Woo Oh, Seong Ook Jung

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This paper proposes a bitline charge sharing suppressed bitline read assist (BCS RA) and a cell supply collapse write assist (BCS WA). The proposed BCS RA suppresses the bitline (BL) voltage to half of the supply voltage (text{V}-{mathrm {DD}}) using the charge sharing BL precharger for improving read stability and energy efficiency. In the proposed BCS WA, the charge on cell text{V}-{mathrm {DD}} (CV -{mathrm {DD}}) is shared with that on the BL precharged to half- text{V}-{mathrm {DD}} by the charge sharing write driver, which causes the collapse in CVDD. In cells with poor writability, CVDD can be collapsed more by the self-collapse paths when the write operation is performed. Thus, the BCS WA improves writability and reduces write energy consumption. The simulation results using 22-nm FinFET technology show that static random access memory (SRAM) using BCS RA and WA consumes much less read and write energy than SRAMs using state-of-the-art assists while achieving a comparable minimum operating text{V}-{mathrm {DD}} to SRAMs using state-of-the-art assists. Even compared to the SRAM without assists, the read and write energy consumption is reduced by 31% and 26%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9395087
Pages (from-to)57393-57403
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant by the Korean Government through MSIT under Grant 2017R1A2B2006679 and Grant 2021R1A2C2008297.

Funding Information:
The EDA Tool was supported by the IC Design Education Center.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2013 IEEE.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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