Ramtron Unveils 512 Kilobit FRAM with High-Speed SPI Interface

Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of non-volatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has launched the FM25L512, a 512 kilobit, 3-volt non-volatile FRAM device with a high-speed serial peripheral interface (SPI). The FM25L512 provides increased data collection and storage capacity in a tiny, 8-pin package, cutting costs and board space in a range of applications from multi-function printers to industrial motor controllers.

Ramtron FM25L512 512 kilobit, 3-volt non-volatile FRAM device with serial peripheral interface (SPI)

“The FM25L512 offers our 256 kilobit serial FRAM customers double the memory in the same small footprint,” says Mike Alwais, Ramtron VP of Marketing. “System designers can increase data collection capacity without increasing board space in next-generation printer and motor control designs.”

Product features
Ramtron’s FM25L512 is a 512 kilobit non-volatile RAM with an industry-compatible SPI interface that leverages the high-speed write capability of FRAM technology. A direct hardware replacement for equivalent EEPROMs, only better, the FM25L512 offers NoDelay(TM) reads, writes at bus speeds of up to 20MHz, 10-year data retention, virtually unlimited read/write endurance and low operating currents. The device operates from 3.0 to 3.6 volts and is rated over the industrial temperature range of -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C.

Product benefits
The FM25L512 outperforms alternative non-volatile memory solutions for applications that require frequent and rapid writes and/or low power operation. These applications range from advanced data collection, in which the number of write cycles is critical, to demanding industrial controls, in which long write delays and limited endurance can cause data loss. Unlike serial EEPROMs, the FM25L512 performs write operations at bus speed and exhibits much lower power consumption.

Pricing and availability
Samples of the FM25L512 are currently available in an 8-pin “Green”/RoHS TDFN (thin dual flat no-lead) package that is footprint-compatible with the SOIC-8 package, with pricing starting at $7.61 in quantities of 10K.

About Ramtron
Ramtron International Corporation, 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.