Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-819D: Special Topics in Applied Physics: Memory Devices and Technology




This course examines the fundamental principles of semiconductor memory devices, including volatile and non-volatile solid state random access memory (RAM) systems. Both commercially deployed memory technology (Dynamic RAM, Static RAM, Flash, etc) will be examined along with emerging technologies (like Magnetic RAM, Resistive RAM). Cell physics will be examined using physical models of device switching, including heat flow, magnetic field induced switching, capacitance and tunneling. The advanced applications of memory or memory-like devices in the emerging field of neuromorphic computing will also be introduced. Through the course, the students will become familiar with major memory device structures and integration technology. By completing the course, the students will establish a good understanding about a variety of memory devices and analysis techniques, as well as developing a strong knowledge base about emerging memory technologies.

Last Modified: 2022-11-09 11:27AM

Semesters offered:

  • Spring 2023
  • Spring 2022
  • Spring 2021
  • Fall 2019
  • Fall 2007
  • Fall 2006