Ramtron Achieves Automotive Qualification for Serial SPI FRAM Memory

10/26/2004 - Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq:RMTR), the leading supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric semiconductor products, has announced that its FM25640 64Kb serial SPI FRAM product is now qualified under the Automotive Electronic Council's Stress Test Qualification for Integrated Circuits (AEC Q100). Ramtron currently supplies FRAM products to the automotive industry for a variety of applications including smart airbag, instrumentation and entertainment systems. Achieving AEC Q100 qualification is expected to allow FRAM products to gain wider acceptance in mainstream automotive system applications and reduce design-in cycles for certain automotive systems. Ramtron plans to continue qualifying selected FRAM products under the AEC Q100 standard.

"Qualifying under AEC Q100 demonstrates that Ramtron is committed to meeting the demanding requirements of automotive customers," said Ramtron Vice President Mike Alwais. "Today's automotive systems are increasingly demanding, and no other non-volatile memory solution can match the write speed and high endurance of FRAM products."

FRAM's fast read/write and high-endurance features solve a wide variety of automotive system design challenges, such as distinctive resume-play functions in automotive entertainment gear. FRAM stores scene changes and unique user data upon power-down, enabling users to continue where they left off when the unit is powered back up. FRAM is also revolutionising data collection in a new breed of smart airbag systems, allowing more data to be collected more frequently, thereby enhancing system intelligence and deployment effectiveness.

About FRAM memory and the FM25640
FRAM technology provides the first true non-volatile RAM. The FM25640 is a 64Kb SPI interface FRAM memory product that operates as a RAM while providing non-volatile data storage. Read and write access times are equal, with the technology providing over one-trillion read/write cycles. With the FM25640, there are a far greater number of write cycles without wear-out, compared with similar EEPROMs, and much faster writes. As a result, customers are able to collect and store data and configurations more often with lower total cost and system overhead.

About AEC Q100
In 1994, the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) established the AEC Q100 qualification standard, which is today recognised worldwide as a required standard in supplying mainstream automotive customers. The AEC Component Technical Committee is the standardisation body for establishing standards for reliable, high-quality electronic components. Components meeting its specifications are suitable for use in the harsh automotive environment without additional component-level qualification testing. For more information, please visit http://www.aecouncil.com/

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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