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Memories - Materials, Devices, Circuits and Systems

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New technologies for non-volatile memories combine the speed and byte addressability of current memory technologies with the low cost, density, and non-volatility of current storage technologies. They use energy only when writing or reading data. While some newer technologies have practically unlimited endurance, others, such as Phase Change Memory do not. However, this limited endurance surpasses that of solid state drives by several orders of magnitude. They can be integrated into the current memory storage hierarchy as a replacement for DRAM. To manage limited endurance, age-based wear leveling divides the memory into pages and counts the number of writes to a page. Pages with high counts can then be relegated to store more stable data. Counters experience “write concentration” as they are incremented as frequently as a page is written, but the changes are concentrated in a much smaller area around the least significant bit. Current designs store page write counters with the page table in the main memory unit.


Published version. Memories – Materials, Devices, Circuits and Systems, Vol. 2, No. 100014 (October 2022). DOI. © 2022 Elsevier. Used with permission.

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