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Title:Ultra-low power phase change memory with carbon nanotube interconnects
Author(s):Xiong, Feng
Advisor(s):Pop, Eric
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline:Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):phase change memory
GeSbTe (GST)
carbon nanotubes
finite element modeling
Abstract:Phase change memory (PCM) is a promising candidate for the next-generation non-volatile data storage, though its high programming current has been a major concern. By utilizing carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as interconnects to induce phase change in ultra small regions of Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST), we are able to lower the programming current to less than 10 μA, almost two orders of magnitude less than state-of-the-art PCM devices. Normal memory operations of the nanotube-PCM device are demonstrated using pulse measurements with exceptionally low current and power consumption. Electrical characterizations show that the switching voltage in nanotube-PCM devices is highly scalable.
Issue Date:2010-08-20
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Feng Xiong
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-08-20
Date Deposited:2010-08

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