Non-stationary polar codes for resistive memories

Marwen Zorgui, Mohammed E. Fouda, Zhiying Wang, Ahmed M. Eltawil, Fadi Kurdahi

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Resistive memories are considered a promising memory technology enabling high storage densities. However, the readout reliability of resistive memories is impaired due to the inevitable existence of wire resistance, resulting in the sneak path problem. Motivated by this problem, we study polar coding over channels with different reliability levels, termed non-stationary polar codes, and we propose a technique improving the bit error rate (BER) performance. We then apply the framework of non-stationary polar codes to the crossbar array and evaluate its BER performance under two modeling approaches, namely binary symmetric channels and binary asymmetric channels. Finally, we propose a technique for biasing the proportion of high-resistance states in the crossbar array and show its advantage in reducing further the BER. Several simulations are carried out using a SPICE-like simulator, exhibiting significant reduction in BER.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728109626
StatePublished - Dec 2019
Event2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Waikoloa, United States
Duration: Dec 9 2019Dec 13 2019

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Proceedings


Conference2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Bit-reversal permutation
  • Non-stationary channels
  • Polar codes
  • Resistive memories
  • Sneak-path problem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Media Technology
  • Health Informatics


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