Patent Number: 7,042,759

Title: Dynamic data restore in thyristor-based memory device

Abstract: A dynamically-operating restoration circuit is used to apply a voltage or current restore pulse signal to thyristor-based memory cells and therein restore data in the cell using the internal positive feedback loop of the thyristor. In one example implementation, the internal positive feedback loop in the thyristor is used to restore the conducting state of a device after the thyristor current drops below the holding current. A pulse and/or periodic waveform are defined and applied to ensure that the thyristor is not released from its conducting state. The time average of the periodic restore current in the thyristor may be lower than the holding current threshold. While not necessarily limited to memory cells that are thyristor-based, various embodiments of the invention have been found to be the particularly useful for high-speed, low-power memory cells in which a thin capacitively-coupled thyristor is used to provide a bi-stable storage element.

Inventors: Nemati; Farid (Menlo Park, CA), Cho; Hyun-Jin (Palo Alto, CA), Igehy; Robert Homan (Los Altos, CA)

Assignee: T-RAM Semiconductor, Inc.

International Classification: G11C 11/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018