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A micromechanical memory

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element comprising a deflectable member

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located between a first member

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and a second member

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. The first member

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is biased at a first member voltage, and the second member

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is biased at a second member voltage. A bias voltage applied to the deflectable member will drive the deflectable member to either the first member

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or the second member

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. A first contact

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is positioned on the top, or end, of the first member

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. A second contact

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is positioned on the top, or end, of the second member

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. These contacts are biased through resistors

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and

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with a first and second contact voltage sufficient to hold the deflectable member in place even after removal of the bias voltage applied to the deflectable member. The state of the micromechanical memory element can be determined by sensing the voltage of the deflectable member

102.

Title
Micromechanical memory element
Application Number
10/36610
Publication Number
6625047 (B2)
Application Date
December 31, 2001
Publication Date
September 23, 2003
Inventor
Donald J Coleman Jr
late of Murphy
TX, US
Agent
Frederick J Telecky Jr
US
Wade James Brady III
US
Charles A Brill
US
Assignee
Texas Instruments Incorporated
TX, US
IPC
G11C 5/02
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