Multibit memory operation of metal-oxide Bi-layer memristors

Spyros Stathopoulos, Ali Khiat, Maria Trapatseli, Simone Cortese, Alexantrou Serb, Ilia Valov, Themis Prodromakis*

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Emerging nanoionic memristive devices are considered as the memory technology of the future and have been winning a great deal of attention due to their ability to perform fast and at the expense of low-power and -space requirements. Their full potential is envisioned that can be fulfilled through their capacity to store multiple memory states per cell, which however has been constrained so far by issues affecting the long-term stability of independent states. Here, we introduce and evaluate a multitude of metal-oxide bi-layers and demonstrate the benefits from increased memory stability via multibit memory operation. We propose a programming methodology that allows for operating metal-oxide memristive devices as multibit memory elements with highly packed yet clearly discernible memory states. These states were found to correlate with the transport properties of the introduced barrier layers. We are demonstrating memory cells with up to 6.5 bits of information storage as well as excellent retention and power consumption performance. This paves the way for neuromorphic and non-volatile memory applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17532
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2017


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