UCLA researchers in the Department of Electrical Engineering have created a novel Vertical-Stacked-Array-Transistor (VSAT) for ultra-high-density and cost-effective NAND flash memory devices and solid state drives.
The NAND flash memory has a simple cell structure allowing for higher density and more memory capacity. Further, it is ideal for mobile devices because flash memory is highly durable and able to withstand mechanic shock, high pressure, temperature, immersion in water, etc. Solid state drives, based on NAND flash memory, are lower in cost compare to DRAM and are able to retain data without a constant power supply. However, the cost per gigabyte compared to the conventional hard drive is still considerably higher. Flash memory technology will need to evolve in order to continue to scale and to have a stronger presence in the marketplace
Researchers at UCLA have invented a robust and simple 3-D structure, VSAT, on a 100nm node for ultra-high-density NAND flash memory devices while improving sub-threshold performance and channel mobility.
A viable candidate for low cost and high density memory
The 3-D NAND flash memory cell, VSAT, has been successfully developed on the 100nm node. The anticipated storage capacity of VSAT is 128 GB with 16 multiple layers on the 50nm node.
|United States Of America||Issued Patent||9,048,329||06/02/2015||2010-381|
|United States Of America||Issued Patent||8,541,832||09/24/2013||2010-381|
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