Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

5-2012

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major Advisor

R. Jacob Baker

Second Advisor

Kristy A. Campbell

Third Advisor

Wan Kuang

Abstract

Resistive random access memory (RRAM) has been the topic of many research papers in recent years, as companies begin to look for non-volatile alternatives to NAND Flash. The standard testing methodologies for single devices do not work for most of the RRAM technologies, so new methods must be developed. Parasitic capacitance will destroy the device under test without current compliance circuitry. A test structure with the capability to apply current compliance in either direction was designed, simulated, and tested with electrical results. Pulses greater than 4.0 V were delivered with 100 μA current compliance, and parasitic capacitance was kept below 50 fF.

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