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Interface-Modified Unipolar Resistive Random Access Memory (RRAM) Structure for Low-Power Application

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An interface-engineered resistive random access memory (RRAM) using bilayer transition metal oxide (TMO) is presented for improving unipolar resistive-switching characteristics. The experiment and simulation data show that better resistive switching characteristics and superb uniformity can be realized by inserting a thin AlO x insertion layer between the Ir/NiO interface. To elucidate the uniformity improvement of our bilayer structure, the conducting-defect effects in the resistive cell were also investigated using a random circuit breaker (RCB) simulation model. It has been verified that the forming and set characteristics are more effectively improved because the conductingdefect ratio in the insertion layer region is low, therefore making it more advantageous for a filament path controllability. Using the optimal oxygen contents in both the insertion layer and the resistive cell, it was confirmed that a significant reduction of up to 0.15 mA of the reset current (I RESET) is possible compared to the conventional cell. These results indicate that new Al insertion has a large contribution to the reset and forming processes.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 July 2012

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