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ELEC6202 Advanced Memory and Storage

Module Overview

The aim of this module to provide an overview of advancement of memory and storage devices in line with the development of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Students will gain knowledge of how silicon device scaling has moved semiconductor memory into the nanoelectronics area. Then they will become familiar with state-of-the-art non-volatile memory technologies which are intended to replace or complement semiconductor memory. Longer term data storage in the form of high density portable devices such as hard disks and Blu Rays will be discussed as well.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide an overview of advancement of memory and storage devices in line with the development of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Device scaling of semiconductor memory
  • The underlying operating principles of state-of-the-art nanodevices for memory and storage applications
  • Practical characterisation of materials used for nanodevices
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to write a short essay on a given subject using knowledge from journal articles and lectures
  • Understand the inter-relation between different technologies in the design of integrated devices
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate specialised practical and theoretical knowledge of particular nanodevices for memory applications

Syllabus

Semiconductor Memory - Static Random Access Memory - Dynamic Random Access Memory - Flash (3D integration) Non-volatile Universal Memory - Phase Change RAM - Resistive RAM - Magnetic RAM - Ferro-electric RAM Data storage - Hard Disk Drives - DVD and Blu Ray - Holographic Memory Laboratory - Raman characterisation of device materials

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Tutorial3
Follow-up work8
Revision10
Lecture20
Wider reading or practice56
Preparation for scheduled sessions8
Completion of assessment task48
Total study time153

Resources & Reading list

ITRS – International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors. 

Nanoelectronics and Information Technology. 

Lecture notes and references therein. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The lab report will not be marked if the student has not attended the Raman characterisation lab sessions.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Advanced memory device and lab report 50%
Exam  (2 hours) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisites: ELEC3207 Nanoelectronic Devices 2017-18

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