Static information storage and retrieval – Systems using particular element – Ferroelectric
365222, G11C 1122
A non-volatile semiconductor memory device includes a plurality of memory cells each including a capacitor as a memory element, the capacitor sandwiching a ferroelectric member. The non-volatile semiconductor memory device further includes: a first counter for counting the number of write accesses and read accesses for writing or reading first logic data to each one of the plurality of memory cells; a second counter for counting the number of write accesses and read accesses for writing or reading second logic data to the memory cell; and a refresh control circuit for performing, when either a first value counted by the first counter or a second value counted by the second counter exceeds a predetermined value, a refresh operation by applying electric fields for causing a polarization state of the ferroelectric member of the capacitor to make a complete round on a hysteresis curve of the ferroelectric member in a corresponding one of the plurality of memory cells for which the first or second value counted by the first counter or the second counter has exceeded the predetermined value.
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Nguyen Tan T.
Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
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