Patent Number: 6,310,804

Title: Device and method for repairing a semiconductor memory

Abstract: A redundancy architecture for repairing a DRAM includes fuse banks for storing the row addresses of defective rows in sub-arrays of the DRAM. Row decoders activate a redundant row in one of the sub-arrays in response to receiving a row address matching one of the stored defective row addresses and, at the same time, disable a redundant row in the other of the sub-arrays that is arranged in an order complementary to that of the activated redundant row. By activating a redundant row in one sub-array and disabling the corresponding redundant row in an adjacent sub-array, the architecture allows for repairs to be conducted in the one sub-array while a good row in the adjacent sub-array is allowed to continue in operation. Also, since the redundant row used for repairs in the one sub-array is typically nearest the center of the sub-array, the disabled redundant row in the adjacent sub-array is nearest the edge of that sub-array, because it is arranged in an order complementary to that of the redundant row used for repairs. As a result, the disabled redundant row acts as an edge buffer between the primary and redundant rows of the adjacent sub-array and peripheral circuitry.

Inventors: Waller; William K. (Garland, TX), Vo; Huy T. (Boise, ID)

Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.

International Classification: G11C 29/00 (20060101); G11C 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018