A Compact Model for Scalable MTJ Simulation

Fernando García-Redondo, Pranay Prabhat, Mudit Bhargava, Cyrille Dray

This paper presents a physics-based modeling framework for the analysis and transient simulation of circuits containing Spin-Transfer Torque (STT) Magnetic Tunnel Junction (MTJ) devices. The framework provides the tools to analyze the stochastic behavior of MTJs and to generate Verilog-A compact models for their simulation in large VLSI designs, addressing the need for an industry-ready model accounting for real-world reliability and scalability requirements. Device dynamics are described by the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert-Slonczewsky (s-LLGS ) stochastic magnetization considering Voltage-Controlled Magnetic Anisotropy (VCMA) and the non-negligible statistical effects caused by thermal noise. Model behavior is validated against the OOMMF magnetic simulator and its performance is characterized on a 1-Mb 28 nm Magnetoresistive-RAM (MRAM) memory product.

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