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1. (WO2010114832) PROGRAMMING NON-VOLATILE STORAGE ELEMENT USING CURRENT FROM OTHER ELEMENT

Pub. No.:    WO/2010/114832    International Application No.:    PCT/US2010/029192
Publication Date: Fri Oct 08 01:59:59 CEST 2010 International Filing Date: Wed Mar 31 01:59:59 CEST 2010
IPC: G11C 13/00
Applicants: SANDISK 3D LLC
SCHEUERLEIN, Roy, E.
Inventors: SCHEUERLEIN, Roy, E.
Title: PROGRAMMING NON-VOLATILE STORAGE ELEMENT USING CURRENT FROM OTHER ELEMENT
Abstract:
A non- volatile storage apparatus includes a set of Y lines, a common X line, multiple data storage elements each of which is connected to the common X line, a dummy storage element connected to the common X line and a particular Y line, and control circuitry in communication with the common X line and the set of Y lines. The multiple data storage elements are capable of being in a first state or a second state. The dummy storage element is in a conductive state. The control circuitry provides control signals to the common X line and the set of Y lines to change a first data storage element of the multiple data storage elements from the first state to the second state by passing a current into the first data storage element from the particular Y line through the dummy storage element. The control circuitry provides control signals to the common X line and the set of Y lines to sequentially change additional data storage elements of the multiple data storage elements from the first state to the second state by passing currents into the additional data storage elements from data storage elements of the multiple data storage elements that were previously changed to the second state and their associated different Y lines.