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Novel Speed-and-Power-Optimized SRAM Cell Designs With Enhanced Self-Recoverability From Single- and Double-Node Upsets

Aibin Yan 1 Yang Cheng 1 Yuanjie Hu 1 Jun Zhou 1 Tianming Ni 2 Jie Cui 1 Patrick Girard 3 Xiaoqing Wen 4
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Abstract : The continuous advancement of CMOS technologies makes SRAMs more and more sensitive to soft errors. This paper presents two novel radiation-hardened SRAM cell designs, namely S4P8N and S8P4N, with enhanced self-recoverability from single-node upsets (SNUs) and Double-node upsets (DNUs). First, the S4P8N cell that has more redundant nodes and more access transistors is proposed. The cell has the following advantages: (1) it can self-recover from all possible SNUs; (2) it can self-recover from a part of DNUs; (3) it has small overhead in terms of power dissipation. Then, to reduce read and write access time, the S8P4N cell that uses a special feedback mechanism among its internal nodes is proposed. The cell has similar soft error tolerability as the S4P8N cell. Simulation results validate the high robustness of the proposed SRAM cells. These results also show that the write access time, read access time, and power dissipation of the S8P4N cell are reduced approximately by 29%, 20%, and 21% on average, at the cost of moderate silicon area, when compared with the state-of-the-art radiation-hardened SRAM cells.
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Aibin Yan, Yang Cheng, Yuanjie Hu, Jun Zhou, Tianming Ni, et al.. Novel Speed-and-Power-Optimized SRAM Cell Designs With Enhanced Self-Recoverability From Single- and Double-Node Upsets. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, IEEE, In press, ⟨10.1109/TCSI.2020.3018328⟩. ⟨lirmm-03031784⟩

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