Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Comments
R G.Neale
User Rank
Author
re: Alternative NVM technologies require new test approaches, Part 1
R G.Neale   11/15/2012 9:29:23 AM
NO RATINGS
Peter did you mean this ""Much like other types of NVM technologies, a PCM cell must be formed before it displays the consistent switching necessary to be a memory element."" While PCM has a number of problems, the need to “form” the device should no longer be necessary. Imagine the problems, cost and time, of forming each bit of an 8G-bit array. Unless the author knows something that we are not being told forming effects should have gone away with the use of the crystallized active material as one electrode in the PCM structure. In the distant past, when PCM devices were fabricated with the active material in the amorphous state then there is a first switching (or forming) pulse. This is because the state of disorder, which determines the threshold voltage, of the as deposited film, differs from that of the same material after the first set/reset cycle, also there may have been some element separation that may have an impact on the value of the threshold voltage. While it is still necessary to empirically establish the optimum operating parameters by an iterative process for each new PCM device structure I think the author may have inadvertently confused that process with a need for forming. Once the optimum operating conditions are established with crystallized active electrodes there should be no need for forming. One other question have the annotations for Current and Voltage been accidentally transposed in Figure 7 or is this a power PCM device??

Kristin Lewotsky
User Rank
Author
re: Alternative NVM technologies require new test approaches, Part 1
Kristin Lewotsky   11/16/2012 11:13:35 PM
NO RATINGS
Good catch, Ron -- the axes labels on Figure 7 were indeed transposed; look for a corrected version to appear shortly. Kristin

resistion
User Rank
Author
re: Alternative NVM technologies require new test approaches, Part 1
resistion   11/17/2012 12:23:45 AM
NO RATINGS
When you have a resistance-based memory like PCM or STT MRAM and it needs to scale to lower currents, there don't seem to be any chip array testers (not individual cell probes) that can go down to nano amps for read currents. Hope this situation will change.



Radio
NEXT UPCOMING BROADCAST
Why Connect a Car?
May 11, 1pm EDT Monday
Overview: Battle-hardened veterans of the electronics industry have heard of the “connected car” so often that they assume it’s a done deal. But do we really know what it takes to get a car connected and what its future entails? Join EE Times editor Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of movers and shakers in the connected car business. Executives from Cisco, Siemens and NXP will share ideas, plans and hopes for connected cars and their future. After the first 30 minutes of the radio show, our listeners will have the opportunity to ask questions via live online chat.
Top Comments of the Week
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Special Video Section
LED lighting is an important feature in today’s and future ...
Active balancing of series connected battery stacks exists ...
After a four-year absence, Infineon returns to Mobile World ...
A laptop’s 65-watt adapter can be made 6 times smaller and ...
An industry network should have device and data security at ...
The LTC2975 is a four-channel PMBus Power System Manager ...
In this video, a new high speed CMOS output comparator ...
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...