Seventech Selects Ramtron's FRAM for Merlino Embedded System Board

11/29/2004 - Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq:RMTR), the leading developer of non-volatile FRAM memory products, announced that Seventech - an Italian company - has selected the company's FM3808 ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) for use in its innovative Merlino embedded system board.

Seventech has chosen Ramtron's FM3808 for its fast read/write access times, integrated clock and ability to maintain data in memory even during power failures. This non-volatility is crucial to the design of the Merlino board which has been architected to overcome prosaic booting problems, system resets due freezing and the adaption of traditional PC-style hardware to applications for which it was not really designed. Based on a re-programmable FPGA architecture with synthesised soft-core processor, the Merlino board uses the FRAM memory to store the parameters and the status of the application programs and preserves them during power loss so that they can be restarted from the exact point at which they were interrupted.

"The FRAM memories have similar characteristics to the SRAM ones, they have a low access time both in writing and reading, with the advantage of maintaining the data in memory even during power failures." said Salvo De Luca, CEO of Seventech. He added: "By using this interesting feature of FRAM, the Merlino board elegantly resolves the problem of the start-up of programmes which are running on the board, after a power black-out. It will then be possible to restart the software from the exact point it was interrupted."

Mike Alwais, Ramtron vice president of FRAM Products said: "Our design win with Seventech illustrates the growing trend of FRAM's unique ability to serve the growing complex embedded system market where non-volatility of programs data/status and fast writing and reading time are vital."

About FM3808
Ramtron's FM3808 is a 256Kb parallel FRAM with Real Time Clock. It offers a power monitor, a battery switch over, RTC alarm and a watchdog. In addition, it offers no timing delays and can be written at standard bus speeds versus EEPROM, which requires a 10-millisecond write delay before new data can be registered. This 5V device features 10 billions write cycle, compared to 1 million write cycles for EEPROM, and has an extremely low standby and operating current, which is over 50 times faster than competing parts. For more information, please visit Ramtron's product homepage at

About Seventech
Seventech, an independent company, is located in Sicily, Italy, specialising in the development of embedded systems for both industrial automation and equipment destined for the consumer and leisure markets.

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

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