United States Patent 4,012,757
March 15, 1977

Contactless Random-Access Memory Cell And Cell Pair
James T. Koo

Filed May 5, 1975
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Abstract of the Disclosure

A one device per bit random access memory cell and array is constructed with integrated circuit MOSFET transistors as the memory cell switching elements. Information transfer is accomplished by transferring incremental charges between a capacitor to a sense bit line. The capacitor is comprised of a region disposed in the substrate and a constantly charged polycrystalline plate insulatively disposed above the semiconductor substrate. The MOSFETS have a merged sense line and source region and have omitted a separate diffusion for their drain region by merging the drain with the capacitor region. The storage devices are grouped in pairs and share a common gate member and a common capacitive plate. Therefore, a single contact window is provided to the common gate member and the use of one half of the minimum contact area is allocated per device. By means of an interdigitated topology, a memory cell pair is devised having a small field area with a relatively large cell to bit line capacitance ratio.
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  • a plan view of a portion of the memory array according to the present invention showing the interdigitated pattern of multiple sense bit lines and memory cell pairs and the connection of the word select lines to the various gate members of various memory cell pairs. The capacitive element has been omitted for the sake of clarity.

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3,720,922 03/1973 Kosonocky 3,810,125 05/1974 Stein
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