Highly Linear and Symmetric Weight Modification in HfO2-Based Memristive Devices for High-Precision Weight Entries

Jin Joo Ryu, Kanghyeok Jeon, Guhyun Kim, Min Kyu Yang, Chunjoong Kim, Doo Seok Jeong, Gun Hwan Kim

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In this study, highly reliable and accurate weight-modification behaviors are realized using a W/Al2O3 (3 nm)/HfO2 (7 nm)/TiN memristive device. The accuracy of the simulated inference of the MNIST dataset when considering the weight-modification behavior is ≈95%. It is determined the optimal programming voltage pulsing conditions considering i) a high linearity in the weight-modification, ii) symmetry between potentiation and depression, and iii) an alleviation of the voltage-driving circuit overhead for the related part of weight-modification process. Particular emphasis is placed on the last concern, and thus, the fixed shape of each programming pulse for both potentiation and depression are utilized. The optimal pulse design is 500 µs for the pulse rising, plateau, and falling times and a 2 V amplitude at the absolute scale. Additionally, the nonparametric method to evaluate the linearity and symmetry as opposed to the application of several parametric methods are proposed. The nonparametric method is based on an evaluation of actual data rather than models, and thus considers the actual variability in the conductance change, which is otherwise often ignored in the parameter optimization process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2000434
JournalAdvanced Electronic Materials
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sept 1

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Funding Information:
This research was conducted as Project No. SS2021‐20 (Development of smart chemical materials for IoT devices) and was supported by the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology. This work was also supported in part by the Future Semiconductor Device Technology Development Program (20004399) funded by Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy and Korea Semiconductor Research Consortium.

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© 2020 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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