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Improving write operations in MLC phase change memory

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Improving write operations in MLC phase change memory
Phase change memory (PCM) recently has emerged as a promising technology to meet the fast growing demand for large capacity memory in modern computer systems. In particular, multi-level cell (MLC) PCM that stores multiple bits in a single cell, offers high density with low per-byte fabrication cost. However, despite many advantages, such as good scalability and low leakage, PCM suffers from exceptionally slow write operations, which makes it challenging to be integrated in the memory hiearchy. In this paper, we propose architectural innovations to improve the access time of MLC PCM. Due to cell process variation, composition fluctuation and the relatively small differences among resistance levels, MLC PCM typically employs an iterative write scheme to achieve precise control, which suffers from large write access latency. To address this issue, we propose write truncation (WT) to reduce the number of write iterations with the assistance of an extra error correction code (ECC). We als...
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Added 24 Apr 2012
Updated 24 Apr 2012
Type Journal
Year 2012
Where HPCA
Authors Lei Jiang, Bo Zhao, Youtao Zhang, Jun Yang 0002, Bruce R. Childers
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