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VLSI Design
Volume 8 (1998), Issue 1-4, Pages 219-223

Single-Electron Memories

Institute for Microelectronics, TU-Vienna Gusshausstrasse 27-29/E360, A-1040 Wien, Austria

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One of the most promising applications of single-electronics is a single-electron memory chip. Such a chip would have orders of magnitude lower power consumption compared to state-of-the-art dynamic memories, and would allow integration densities beyond the tera bit chip.We studied various single-electron memory designs. Additionally we are proposing a new memory cell which we call the T-memory cell. This cell can be manufactured with state-of-the-art lithography, it operates at room temperature and shows a strong resistance against random background charge.