12/21/2004 - Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), the leading supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) products, announced the FM25L16, a 16-kilobit serial peripheral interface (SPI) non-volatile RAM that operates at 3 volts and runs at up to 20 MHz. The FM25L16 is offered in a lead-free DFN (dual flat no-lead) package which is 3mm x 6.4mm and only 0.75mm high. The FM25L16 is designed to fit into compact telematics and car infotainment systems with limited available board space. It is footprint-compatible with conventional 8-pin TSSOP packages. The product is also available in a lead-free 8-pin SOIC package.
“The SPI interface has been very popular with automotive customers," said Mike Alwais, Vice President of FRAM Products. "Given the migration of driver information systems to 3-volt operation, Ramtron has recently added several 3-volt SPI devices to its line up in response to customer trends.”
Product features and benefits
The FM25L16 provides an industry-standard SPI to access 16Kbit of non-volatile RAM. The product reads and writes continuously at bus speeds of up to 20 MHz with no write delays. Similar EEPROM devices require long millisecond write delays and write-polling software, and have endurance limited to less than one million write cycles. The FM25CL16 operates from a 3-volt power supply and is rated over the industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.
Pricing and availability
Samples of the FM25L16 are available immediately in 8-pin SOIC and DFN packages. Both packages are “green” lead-free versions that are compliant with EC RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment). Pricing starts at $1.13 in quantities of 10,000.
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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