Ramtron Rolls Out FM25W256 Wide Voltage Serial 256Kb FRAM

10/4/2004 - Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq:RMTR), the leading supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric semiconductor products, announced the availability of the FM25W256, a 256-Kilobit (Kb) wide voltage operation non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) product with a serial peripheral interface (SPI). Ramtron's newest 256Kb serial FRAM is the highest-performance SPI memory available with 25MHz NoDelayń writes and offers an unlimited number of read/write cycles. The product operates from 2.7V to 5.5V and offers drop-in compatibility with industry-standard serial EEPROMs.

"The automotive electronics market is a large user of the SPI bus and 5V applications are very common." said Mike Alwais, vice president, FRAM Products. "The FM25W256 provides the highest speed data collection and storage solution available to the automotive market."

The FM25W256 is ideally suited to data collection applications in which power levels vary or can be lost suddenly. Unlike the previously announced FM25L256, its wide operating voltage range allows the memory to serve 5V applications that have fluctuating or rapidly dropping power supply levels. The 25 MHz bus speed allows the fastest serial interface data collection on the market. The entire memory contents can be written in just over 10ms.

While the FM25W256 is suitable for a wide variety of data collection applications, one important application is the event data recorder (black box) for passenger cars. NHTSA estimates that in 2004 65% to 90% of U.S. cars will have some form of crash recording. Newly proposed standards for the U.S. market will greatly expand the recorded data set for cars that have crash recorders. The FM25W256 provides an ideal memory solution for this application.

Product Benefits
The FM25W256 reads and writes at bus speeds comparable to those of a high-speed RAM, but provides non-volatile storage like a conventional non-volatile memory. However, unlike EEPROM or Flash, no write delays are incurred. Also like high-speed RAM, the FM25W256 supports an unlimited number of read or write cycles, whereas EEPROM wears out after approximately one million cycles. These benefits allow the FM25W256 to perform the functions of RAM and non-volatile memory technologies in a single chip.

Product Features
The FM25W256 is a wide voltage 256Kb non-volatile RAM with an industry-standard SPI interface and is pin- compatible with comparable 8-pin EEPROM devices. The product operates from 2.7V - 5.5V, using lower operating power. Reads and writes are performed at bus speeds of up to 25MHz throughout the entire memory. There are no write delays or maximum write buffer sizes. The FM25W256 is rated for -40░C to +85░C operation.

Pricing and Availability
Samples of the FM25W256 are available immediately in 8-pin SOIC, with pricing starting at $3.84 in quantities of 10,000.

About Ramtron
Ramtron International Corporation (NASDAQ: RMTR) is the leading supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric semiconductors including serial and parallel ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) devices and Processor Companion devices that integrate a variety of commonly needed discrete analog and mixed-signal functions for processor-based systems. Ramtron's patented FRAM technology allows devices to perform the functions of both RAM and non-volatile memory in a single chip. Its unique benefits are revolutionising memory-based designs in a variety of automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial control, medical and metering applications. Additionally, Ramtron works with various leading edge licensee and manufacturers to bring its technology to market. For more information visit www.ramtron.com

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