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High-Performance, Fault-Tolerant Architecture for Reliable Hybrid Nanolectronic Memories

Haron, Nor Zaidi and Darsono, Abdul Majid and Awang Md Isa, Azmi (2012) High-Performance, Fault-Tolerant Architecture for Reliable Hybrid Nanolectronic Memories. Journal of Telecommunication, Electronic and Computer Engineering, 4 (2). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2180 - 1843

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Abstract

Although hybrid nanoelectronic memories (hybrid memories) promise scalability potentials such as ultrascale density and low power consumption, they are expected to suffer from high defect/fault density reducing their reliability. Such defects/faults can impact any part of the memory system including the memory cell array, the encoder and the decoder. This article presents a high-performance, fault-tolerant architecture for hybrid memories; it is based on a combination of two techniques: (i) an error correction scheme that tolerates both random and clustered faults in memory cell array and (ii) an on-line masking incorporated into the decoder to tolerate faults in the decoder. Moreover, the decoding process is optimized for area and performance by reversing the decoding sequence. Experimental results show that the proposed architecture realizes a higher performance and competitive reliability level at a comparable overhead as compared with the state-of-the-art. For example, the architecture decodes 5× faster and provides 0.7% better reliability (assuming 10% fault rate) at the cost of similar area overhead (for 1024-bit memory word) as compared to Reed-Solomon code.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Electronics and Computer Engineering > Department of Computer Engineering
Depositing User: Dr Nor Zaidi Haron
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2013 01:36
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 03:44
URI: http://eprints.utem.edu.my/id/eprint/6764

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