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Patent
Macronix International Co. | Date: 2015-01-06

A 3D memory device includes a plurality of ridge-shaped stacks, in the form of multiple strips of conductive material separated by insulating material, arranged as strings which can be coupled through decoding circuits to sense amplifiers. Diodes are connected to the bit line structures at either the string select of common source select ends of the strings. The strips of conductive material have side surfaces on the sides of the ridge-shaped stacks. A plurality of conductive lines arranged as word lines which can be coupled to row decoders, extends orthogonally over the plurality of ridge-shaped stacks. Memory elements lie in a multi-layer array of interface regions at cross-points between side surfaces of the conductive strips on the stacks and the conductive lines.


A semiconductor device, in particular, an extended drain metal oxide semiconductor (ED-MOS) device, defined by a doped shallow drain implant in a drift region. For example, an extend drain n-channel metal oxide semiconductor (ED-NMOS) device is defined by an n doped shallow drain (NDD) implant in the drift region. The device is also characterized by conductive layer separated from a substrate in part by a thin oxide layer and in another part by a thick/thin oxide layer. A method of fabricating a semiconductor device, in particular an ED-NMOS device, having a doped shallow drain implant of a drift region is also provided. A method is also provided for fabricating conductive layer disposed in part across a thin oxide layer and in another part across a thick/thin oxide layer.


The storage layer such as a nitride layer of a nonvolatile memory cell has two storage parts storing separately addressable data, typically respectively proximate to the source terminal and the drain terminal. The applied drain voltage while sensing the data of one of the storage parts depends on the data stored at the other storage part; the different parts can be in different, neighboring memory cells. If the data stored at the other storage part is represented by a threshold voltage exceeding a minimum threshold voltage, then the applied drain voltage is raised. This technology is useful in read operations and program verify operations to widen the threshold voltage window.


Patent
Macronix International Co. | Date: 2015-03-25

A method is provided for operating a NAND array that includes a plurality of blocks of memory cells. A block of memory cells in the plurality of blocks includes a plurality of NAND strings having channel lines between first string select switches and second string select switches. The plurality of NAND strings shares a set of word lines between the first and second string select switches. A channel-side erase voltage is applied to the channel lines through the first string select switches in a selected block. Word line-side erase voltages are applied to a selected subset including more than one member of the set of word lines shared by NAND strings in the selected block to induce tunneling in memory cells coupled to the selected subset, while tunneling is inhibited in memory cells coupled to an unselected subset including more than one member of the set of word lines.


Patent
Macronix International Co. | Date: 2015-03-30

A memory device includes a plurality of sense amplifiers coupled with an array of memory cells, a plurality of output data lines receiving outputs of corresponding sense amplifiers, and a plurality of precharge circuits configured to apply a precharge voltage on the output data lines. A controller provides control signals to the sense amplifiers and to the precharge circuits, including to cause the precharge circuits to precharge the output data lines before the sense amplifiers drive output data signals to the output data lines. The plurality of sense amplifiers includes banks of sense amplifiers, and each bank includes a sense amplifier having an output driving each output data line. The memory device includes data output multiplexers having inputs coupled to the output data lines, and the precharge circuits are coupled to the output data lines between outputs of the sense amplifiers and the data output multiplexers.

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