Ramtron Introduces FM24V02, FM25V02 Serial Low Power F-RAM Devices

Ramtron International Corporation (Nasdaq: RMTR), the leading developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semiconductor products, has announced two new serial nonvolatile F-RAM products that offer high-speed read/write performance, low voltage operation, and optional device features. The 256-Kilobit (Kb) devices, which are part of Ramtron’s V-Family of F-RAM products, include the FM24V02, a two-wire (I2C) interface and the FM25V02 with serial peripheral interface (SPI).

Ramtron FM24V02 two-wire (I2C) interface and FM25V02 with serial peripheral interface (SPI)The serial I2C and SPI V-Family devices operate at a voltage range of 2.0V to 3.6V in an industry standard 8-pin SOIC package. The FM24V02 and FM25V02 feature fast access, NoDelay[tm] writes, virtually unlimited read/write cycles, and low power consumption. The devices are drop-in replacements for 256Kb serial Flash and serial EEPROM memories in industrial control, metering, medical, military, gaming, and computing applications, among others.

“The 256-Kilobit V-Family serial devices are lower voltage, higher performance alternatives to our existing 256Kb serial products, specifically the FM24L256 and FM25L256B,” explains Ramtron marketing manager, Mike Peters. “Our expanding V-Family product line supports our environmental commitment to provide power-efficient nonvolatile memory, while eliminating the need for batteries.”

About the FM24V02 and FM25V02
The FM24V02 performs write operations up to the full I2C bus speed of 3.4MHz, while supporting legacy timing for 100kHz and 400kHz. No write delays are incurred and the next bus cycle may commence immediately without the need for data polling. In addition, the product offers up to 100-trillion (1E14) read/write cycles, which are orders of magnitude higher than EEPROM. The FM24V02 exhibits much lower power during writes than EEPROM since write operations do not require an internally elevated power supply voltage for write circuits. The FM24V02 operates at 150 microamps at 100kHz, with 90 microamps in standby and 5 microamps during sleep mode.

The FM25V02 consumes only 3 milliamps while running at a 40MHz SPI clock rate, 90 microamps during standby, and 5 microamps during sleep mode. The FM25V02 offers a typical active power consumption of 38 microamps per MHz, which is an order of magnitude lower current than similar serial Flash or EEPROM products.

A read-only Device ID, standard on both serial devices, allows the host to determine the manufacturer, product density, and product revision. An optional unique read-only serial number is also available, which can be used to identify a board or system with an ID that is different from any other host in the world. The FM24V02 and FM25V02 are guaranteed over an industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.

About the F-RAM V-Family
Manufactured on the proven 130nm CMOS manufacturing process developed by Ramtron and Texas Instruments, the Ramtron V-Family of F-RAM products includes a variety of serial I2C, serial SPI, and byte-wide parallel memories. The advanced manufacturing process enables improved device specifications and increased feature sets. In addition to the FM24V02 and FM25V02, the V-Family line of F-RAM products includes the following devices:

  • FM24V10 (1Mb Serial I2C F-RAM)
  • FM25V10 (1Mb Serial SPI F-RAM)
  • FM24V05 (512Kb Serial I2C F-RAM)
  • FM25V05 (512Kb Serial SPI F-RAM)
  • FM28V100 (1Mb Parallel F-RAM)

Pricing and availability
Samples of the FM24V02 and FM25V02 are available now in a RoHS-compliant, 8-pin SOIC package. Unit pricing begins at $2.39 in 10K volume for the FM24V02 and $2.35 in 10K volume for the FM25V02.

About Ramtron
Ramtron International Corporation, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets specialised semiconductor memory and integrated semiconductor solutions used in a wide range of product applications and markets worldwide.