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Freescale expands MRAM product line

Posted: 12 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MRAM product line? magnetoresistive RAM? Freescale MRAM line?

Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) family with a 3V, 4Mbit, extended-temperature-range (-40C to 105C) non-volatile RAM (nvRAM).

This device enables entry into more rugged application environments, such as industrial, military and aerospace and automotive designs.

Freescale also has broadened its commercial MRAM line with a 1Mbit device, offering system designers a density option that addresses the sweet spot of the mainstream embedded market. In addition, Freescale plans to expand its MRAM product family to include a total of nine commercial, industrial and extended temperature products in Q3.

MRAM uses magnetic materials combined with conventional silicon circuitry to deliver the speed of SRAM with the non-volatility of flash in a single, unlimited-endurance device. MRAM devices can be used in cache buffers, configuration storage memoriesand other commercial applications that require speed, endurance and non-volatility. Freescale's latest extended temperature range option enables MRAM to be used in industrial and automotive applications in which semiconductor products must be qualified to withstand harsh operating environments and extreme temperature ranges.

New devices
The MR0A16A is a 1Mbit commercial temperature range (0 to 70C), 3.3V asynchronous memory organized as 64K words by 16bits, featuring 35ns read and write cycle times. The device's industry-standard SRAM pin-out allows memory expansion from 1Mbit to 4Mbit in a common footprint. The device is housed in a 10.16mm TSOP type-II RoHS-compliant package and is appropriate for a variety of commercial applications, such as networking, security, data storage, gaming and printers.

The MR2A16AV is a 4Mbit extended temperature range (-40C to 105C), 3.3V asynchronous memory organized as 256K words by 16 bits, featuring 35ns read and write cycle times. Its industry-standard SRAM pin-out makes it compatible with SRAM and other nvRAM products. The device is housed in a 400-mil TSOP type-II RoHS-compliant package. It offers a robust NVM solution for demanding environments found in industrial automation, transportation, military and avionics applications.

The suggested resale price for the MR2A16AV is $24.99 and the suggested resale price for the MR0A16A is $9.99, both in 10,000-unit quantities. The 4Mbit commercial temperature MRAM device (MR2A16A) is in volume production.

The 4Mbit extended temperature MRAM (MR2A16AV) and the 1Mbit commercial MRAM (MR0A16A) are sampling now. The 4Mbit commercial temperature MRAM device (MR2A16A) is available at a suggested resale price of $14.99 in 10,000-unit quantities.

- Ismini Scouras

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