Publication
ITA 2010
Conference paper

Information theory based design of phase-change memories

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Abstract

Due to the high device density and the advent of multiple bits per cell, modern nonvolatile memories are characterized by a non-deterministic behavior. We focus on phase-change memory (PCM), whose memory cell can be seen as a programmable resistor, and use information theory tools to investigate how the cell structure influences the storage capacity of this memory technology. In particular, we numerically compute the storage capacity of two known cell structures, i.e., the series cell, and the parallel cell. The results suggest that, in practical scenarios, the parallel cell structure is characterized by significantly larger storage capacity.

Date

31 May 2010

Publication

ITA 2010