A Built-Off Self-Repair Scheme for Channel-Based 3D Memories

Hsuan Hung Liu, Bing Yang Lin, Cheng Wen Wu, Wan Ting Chiang, Lee Mincent, Hung Chih Lin, Ching Nen Peng, Min Jer Wang

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Redundancy repair is a commonly used technique for memory yield improvement. In order to ensure high repair rate and final product yield, it is necessary to develop a repair scheme for the coming three-dimensional (3D) architecture of stacked DRAM. According to the JEDEC mobile memory technology roadmap, the interface of 3D DRAM, including the Wide I/O and High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM), is mainly classified as channel-based memories. In this paper, we propose a built-off self-test (BOSR) scheme at the controller level for channel-based 3D memory to enhance final product yield after the bonding of a memory cube to its corresponding logic die. The logic die contains the Channel controller, in which the BOSR circuit resides. Experimental results show that the repair rate is high with higher cluster failure ratio due to the flexible algorithm we choose. The area overhead is low and it decreases significantly when the memory size or channel count increases. The performance penalty is also low due to the parallel execution of address comparison and repair. Moreover, the manufacture cost is lower than conventional DRAM architecture due to allocator-based redundancies. Finally, the proposed scheme can easily be applied to other channel-based 3D memories.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7850958
Pages (from-to)1293-1301
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computers
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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