Nanomechanical non-volatile memory for computing at extreme

Vaishnavi Ranganathan, Tina He, Srihari Rajgopal, Mehran Mehregany, Philip X.-L. Feng, Swarup Bhunia
2013 2013 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures (NANOARCH)  
A computing platform that works under extreme conditions (> 250 • C and at radiation > 1 Mrad) can be attractive in a number of important application areas, including automotive, space and avionics. Nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) switches have emerged as promising candidates for computing in harsh environment. Designing reliable memory specifically non-volatile memory is a major challenge for these computing systems. In this paper, we propose a novel nonvolatile memory (NVM) design for
more » ... iable operation in extreme environment using NEMS structure. It exploits a common failure mode in these devices, namely stiction. Unlike traditional charge-based memories, it relies on the mechanical state of a NEMS switch as information carrier. We analyze device and circuit-level design issues to enable robust NVM array implementation with NEMS devices.
doi:10.1109/nanoarch.2013.6623042 dblp:conf/nanoarch/RanganathanHRMFB13 fatcat:2ydzapvvv5hsddtfr7nkkuaaka