Ramtron to Showcase Automotive FRAM Memory Parts at Convergence

Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has announced plans to exhibit at Convergence 2006 (booth 201) from October 16 to 18 in Detroit, USA, where it will preview its line of FRAM devices to be qualified for AEC Q100.

Ramtron is currently growing a broad line of FRAM non-volatile memory devices for demanding automotive applications. The company is aggressively pursuing plans to qualify its FRAM parts to AEC Q100 (Automotive Electronic Council’s Stress Test Qualification for Integrated Circuits) standards, and is developing a number of FRAM configurations specified for the Grade 1 (-40 degrees to 125 degrees C) operating range. This qualification programme has been developed to support a number of specific customer design-ins that are already in place.

“We are committed to meeting the design and sourcing challenges in the automotive industry with this line of AEC Q100-qualified FRAM parts,” said Ramtron vice president Mike Alwais. “No other non-volatile memory solution can match FRAM’s fast write speed and high endurance. These latest developments are taking FRAM beyond in-cab applications into the vehicle’s most stringent environments.”

The AEC Q100 qualification programme comes in tandem with the growing need for better non-volatile data storage solutions in automotive sub-systems. Electronic content in vehicles is becoming ‘smarter’ with the use of microcontrollers and sensors; FRAM already plays a vital role in high-content applications such as intelligent airbags, occupant sensors, infotainment systems, anti-pinch/trap sunroofs, automatic transmission, adaptive cruise control, steer-by-wire, etc. because it offers what older memories like EEPROM and Flash cannot: fast writes, high endurance and low power consumption. Fast writes are beneficial when capturing data from sensors, especially in noisy automotive environments or when power may suddenly fail. High endurance enables designers to capture information as often as they wish without the risk of wearing out the memory. Low power is an added benefit in applications with ever-lower power budgets such as car entertainment systems.

About Ramtron
Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets specialised semiconductor memory, microcontroller and integrated semiconductor solutions used in a wide range of product applications and markets worldwide. Additionally, Ramtron works with various leading-edge licensees and manufacturers to bring its technology to market.

About Convergence 2006
Convergence is a premier automotive electronics conference that unites the world’s leading electronics technologists, engineers, and business executives to discuss significant topics related to the future of electronics in automobiles. This year’s theme is “Convergence Reinvents the Automobile” and the conference will explore the powerful convergence of advanced electronics, propulsion, materials and telematics. Convergence 2006 will take place at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.