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IMPROVED DECODE CIRCUITS for CMOS MEMORY ARRAYS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039638D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Bechade, RA Busch, RT Vanderploeg, RO [+details]

Abstract

A novel memory address decode circuit with precharge support circuits integrated into a decoder design for CMOS memory arrays is described. Charge distribution is a problem in NAND decoders utilized in some CMOS memory products. The self-clocking precharge scheme disclosed eliminates precharge distribution and guarantees that selected address lines are switched only when the decoder outputs are valid. (Image Omitted) The address decoder circuit in Fig. 1 normally drives only one of four select lines when clock is high. It is also utilized for precharge distribution by selecting all four select lines when clock is low.