Ramtron Previews FM20L08 1Mbit FRAM Memory at Electronica

11/16/2004 - Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq:RMTR), the leading developer and supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) products, previewed its new FM20L08, 1Mbit (one-megabit), 3-volt, non-volatile FRAM memory at Electronica 2004 Munich, Germany, last week.

The FM20L08 is Ramtron's highest-density FRAM memory to date and offers an unlimited number of read/write cycles. The product has been designed as a drop-in replacement for standard asynchronous SRAMs and is targeted for systems that collect and store data where power levels can vary or be lost suddenly, such as set-top boxes, automotive telematics and industrial applications.

"Electronica is an ideal forum to preview our new one-megabit FRAM to a large number of design engineers and trade press editors," said Mike Alwais, vice president, FRAM Products. "The FM20L08 is currently sampling to selected customers, who have been evaluating it with great enthusiasm."

All data written to the FRAM memory is immediately non-volatile, without the delays often associated with older non-volatile memory technologies. All FRAM products are non-volatile; allowing data to be retained after power is removed. FRAM provides non-volatile data retention comparable to that of other nonvolatile memory technologies, while eliminating the reliability concerns, functional disadvantages and system design complexities of battery-backed SRAM (BBSRAM). In addition, FRAM's fast write capability and unlimited write endurance make it superior to other types of non-volatile memory, such as electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM).

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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