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31st March 2012, 03:21 #1
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Memristor simulation in HSPICE
Hi,
I am working with memristors and have been trying to simulate their behavior using HSPICE without success. Am using the nonlinear dopant drift model from http://www.radioeng.cz/fulltexts/2009/09_02_210_214.pdf
Just to confirm that the SPICE code I was using was correct I tried it in Pspice, as the testing in the above paper was done on Pspice. It worked on Pspice and I was able to simulate the code, i.e., observe the hysteresis, using it. The code I used in PSpice is very similar to the one available at:
http://www.edaboard.com/thread224608.html
Am including it here (from the above thread, but my code is similar):
PSpice Code:
* Ron, Roff  Resistance in ON / OFF States
* Rinit  Resistance at T=0
* D  Width of the thin film
* uv  Migration coefficient
* p  Parameter of the WINDOWfunction
* for modeling nonlinear boundary conditions
* x  W/D Ratio, W is the actual width
* of the doped area (from 0 to D)
*
.SUBCKT memristor Plus Minus PARAMS:
+ Ron=100 Roff=16K Rinit=11K D=10N uv=10F p=10
* DIFFERENTIAL EQUATION MODELING *
Gx 0 x value={ I(Emem)*uv*Ron/D^2*f(V(x),p)}
Cx x 0 1 IC={(RoffRinit)/(RoffRon)}
Raux x 0 1T
* RESISTIVE PORT OF THE MEMRISTOR *
Emem plus aux value={I(Emem)*V(x)*(RoffRon)}
Roff aux minus {Roff}
*Flux computation*
Eflux flux 0 value={SDT(V(plus,minus))}
*Charge computation*
Echarge charge 0 value={SDT(I(Emem))}
* WINDOW FUNCTIONS
* FOR NONLINEAR DRIFT MODELING *
*window function, according to Joglekar
.func f(x,p)={1(2*x1)^(2*p)}
*proposed window function
;.func f(x,i,p)={1(xstp(i))^(2*p)}
.ENDS memristor
Xmemrist aa 0 memristor
Vtest aa 0 SIN(0 1.2V 1 0 0 0)
.tran 0 3s 0 3m skipbp
.probe
.end

But when I try to use it with HSPICE it does not work, i.e., I am unable to observe the hysteresis when plotting the IV characteristics. The IV plot is linear, representing a simple resistor.
My HSPICE code is shown below:
* MEMRISTOR
* Ron, Roff  Resistance in ON / OFF States
* Rinit  Resistance at T=0
* D  Width of the thin film
* uv  Migration coefficient
* p  Parameter of the WINDOWfunction
* for modeling nonlinear boundary conditions
* x  W/D Ratio, W is the actual width
* of the doped area (from 0 to D)
*
.SUBCKT memristor Plus Minus
+ Ron=100 Roff=16K Rinit=11K D=10N uv=10F p=10
* DIFFERENTIAL EQUATION MODELING *
. PARAM f(x,p)= '1pow((2*x1),(2*p))'
Gx 0 x value='I(Emem)*uv*Ron/pow(D,2)*f(V(x),p)'
Cx x 0 1 IC='(RoffRinit)/(RoffRon)'
Raux x 0 1T
* RESISTIVE PORT OF THE MEMRISTOR *
Emem plus aux value='I(Emem)*V(x)*(RoffRon)'
Roff aux minus Roff
*Flux computation*
*Eflux flux 0 value={SDT(V(plus,minus))}
*Charge computation*
*Echarge charge 0 value={SDT(I(Emem))}
* WINDOW FUNCTIONS
* FOR NONLINEAR DRIFT MODELING *
*window function, according to Joglekar
*.func f(x,p)={1(2*x1)^(2*p)}
*proposed window function
*;.func f(x,i,p)={1(xstp(i))^(2*p)}
.ENDS memristor
Xmemrist aa 0 memristor Ron=100 Roff=16K Rinit=11K D=10N uv=10F p=10
Vtest aa 0 SIN(0 1.2V 1 0 0 0)
.tran 100U 5
.plot tran V(aa) I(Vtest)
.option list node post=2 ingold=2
.end

The changes I made from Pspice to HSPICE are:
1. changed the 'window' function definition from Pspice to HSPICE equivalent,
2. commented the flux and charge computation sections, as HSPICE does not have a 'SDT' equivalent function and they are not needed to observe the memristor characteristics.
Am not able to figure out the issue, any help would be useful.

Thanks,
Basawaraj

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13th April 2012, 20:51 #2
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Re: Memristor simulation in HSPICE
Hi,
Came up with a idea to fix my HSPICE code. For this I have to access the nodes inside the subcircuit. This is pretty easy in HSPICE, but am not sure how to do this in PSPICE.
I tried by changing my memristor symbol, that is added another port at node "aux" of the subcircuit so that I could probe it. As I am only interested in probing it this port was left unconnected in the circuit. The simulation failed because this node was left unconnected.
Hence, is it possible to probe nodes inside a PSPICE subcircuit? If so how?

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Re: Memristor simulation in HSPICE
Hi,
Found a solution, have to turn off the runlvl parameter, i.e., set it to zero

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Re: Memristor simulation in HSPICE
I tried to run your posted code and turned off runlvl as you suggested,
.option list node post=2 ingold=2 runlvl=0
However, it did not work as I was not able to observe hysteresis. Anything else should I modify to get it working? Do you mind to post your final working HSPICE code? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Memristor simulation in HSPICE
Hi basawaraj,
Would you mind sharing your final HSPICE description? For any reason, no matter I made the changes you recommended it does not work for me. We are using Synopsys' HSPICE 2010.
Thanks in advance!

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Re: Memristor simulation in HSPICE
Hi,
I tested this code with hspice(V2008).At first it doesn't work and give me this error " **warning** (c:\users\sh.k\desktop\mem12.sp:17) ignore unrecognizable command card ." and then I checked every thing in this program. Finally I think I found what is wrong!
In this line: ". PARAM f(x,p)= '1pow((2*x1),(2*p))' " you should be delete the spice between "." and "PARAM". you do it and check again!
By the way, in Hspice it is better that "STD" changed to "INTEG".

Shahab
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Re: Memristor simulation in HSPICE
Shahab, Thank you so much for the reply! I'm going to give ti a try!

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Re: Memristor simulation in HSPICE
Hi onnes,
After all the changes suggested by u people i m getting just opposite curve of hysteresis, i.e., instead of 1st and 2nd quadrant i m getting it into 2nd and 4th quadrant. i have used the same code given above. Please help me with this.
Thanking you in anticipation.

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