A Circuit Analysis of Pre-Emphasis Pulses for RC Delay Lines


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E104-A    No.6    pp.912-926
Publication Date: 2021/06/01
Publicized: 2020/11/24
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.2020EAP1083
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Circuit Theory
pre-emphasis,  RC delay,  delay time,  NAND flash,  flat panel display,  word-line,  column-line,  

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This paper formulates minimal word-line (WL) delay time with pre-emphasis pulses to design the pulse width as a function of the overdrive voltage for large memory arrays such as 3D NAND. Circuit theory for a single RC line only with capacitance to ground and that only with coupling capacitance as well as a general case where RC lines have both grounded and coupling capacitance is discussed to provide an optimum pre-emphasis pulse width to minimize the delay time. The theory is expanded to include the cases where the resistance of the RC line driver is not negligibly small. The minimum delay time formulas of a single RC delay line and capacitive coupling RC lines was in good agreement (i.e. within 5% error) with measurement. With this research, circuit designers can estimate an optimum pre-emphasis pulse width and the delay time for an RC line in the initial design phase.