Patent Number: 6,763,444

Title: Read/write timing calibration of a memory array using a row or a redundant row

Abstract: A number of embodiments of memory devices and methods of performing read/write timing calibration of these memory devices using a row or a redundant row. Addressing of the row or redundant row in a memory array of a memory device may be accomplished by using a calibration fuse bank to address a row or a redundant row of the memory array, by using a fuse bank of the memory device to address a redundant row of the memory array, or by storing the row address of a row in a memory controller and providing the row address to the memory device during calibration. A redundant row used for calibration may be a redundant row not utilized by a memory device during repair of its memory array. A row used for calibration may be a row not utilized by a memory device due to the nature of the specific application in which that memory device is being used. A unique data pattern may then be written to and read from the addressed row or redundant row for read/write timing calibration. Use of a nonutilized row or redundant row for read/write timing calibration according to the present invention enables calibration to be performed during operation of a memory device without compromising data integrity.

Inventors: Thomann; Mark R. (Boise, ID), Morzano; Christopher K. (Boise, ID), Li; Wen (Boise, ID)

Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.

International Classification: G11C 7/22 (20060101); G11C 7/00 (20060101); G11C 29/24 (20060101); G11C 29/04 (20060101); G11C 29/50 (20060101); G06F 012/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/13/2021