Wafer-scale integration of semiconductor memory.

Aubusson, Russell Croston (1979) Wafer-scale integration of semiconductor memory. PhD thesis, Middlesex Polytechnic.

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Abstract

This work is directed towards a study of full-slice or "wafer-scale integrated" - semiconductor memory. Previous approaches to full slice technology are studied and critically compared. It is shown that a fault-tolerant, fixed-interconnection approach offers many advantages; such a technique forms the basis of the experimental work. The
disadvantages of the conventional technology are reviewed to illustrate the potential improvements in cost, packing density and reliability obtainable with wafer-scale
integration (W.S.l).

Iterative chip arrays are modelled by a pseudorandom fault distribution; algorithms to control the linking of adjacent good - chips into linear chains are proposed and
investigated by computer simulation. It is demonstrated that long chains may be produced at practicable yield levels. The on-chip control circuitry and the external control electronics required to implement one particular algorithm are described in relation to a TTL simulation of an array of 4 X 4 integrated circuit chips. A layout of the on-chip control logic is shown to require (in 40 dynamic MOS circuitry) an area equivalent to ~250 shift register stages -a reasonable overhead on large memories.

Structures are proposed to extend the fixed-interconnection, fault-tolerant concept to parallel/serial organised memory - covering RAM, ROM and Associative Memory
applications requiring up to~ 2M bits of storage. Potential problem areas in implementing W.S.I are discussed and it is concluded that current technology is capable of manufacturing such devices. A detailed cost comparison of the conventional and W.S.I approaches to large serial memories illustrates the potential savings available with wafer-scale integration.

The problem of gaining industrial acceptance for W.S.I is discussed in relation to known and anticipated views- of new technology. The thesis concludes with suggestions for
further work in the general field of wafer-scale integration.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
B. > Theses
Item ID: 8098
Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2011 07:28
Last Modified: 01 May 2015 12:15
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/8098

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