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Neutron Shield for High Density Electronic Memory Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000055789D
Original Publication Date: 1980-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-13

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Carr, TW Scott, RM [+details]

Abstract

The operation of high density memory semiconductor devices can be disrupted by alpha particle radiation. Neutrons originating from cosmic rays can enter a semiconductor package and react with various materials of the module, for example, aluminum and boron, and produce alpha particles. The alpha particle can potentially cause a "soft-fail" in the semiconductor.