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Nonvolatile memory touts 0.1% of EEPROM energy use

Posted: 13 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nonvolatile memory? low energy? EEPROM?

Ramtron International Corp. has developed what it touts as an ultra-low-power FM25P16, the first in a family of low energy memory devices and the RamtronMaxReader development kit.

The FM25P16 is a 16Kb serial nonvolatile memory that operates at the lowest level of energy consumption currently available in a nonvolatile memory device, said Ramtron. As the first member of the Ramtron Low Energy Memory family, the FM25P16 uses 1/1,000th the energy of EEPROM devices, while delivering fast read/write performance and virtually unlimited endurance, added the company.

"The fast write ability of nonvolatile F-RAM combined with an innovative IC design has enabled us to achieve the lowest energy consumption to date in a nonvolatile memory device with a typical active current of about 3?A," noted Scott Emley, Ramtron VP of marketing. "Using Ramtron Low Energy memory products, power sensitive systems, including wireless sensor nodes, remote metering, health and fitness products, as well as emerging energy harvesting applications can write data orders of magnitude more frequently while lowering system power."

The MaxReader development kit enables design engineers to develop and thoroughly test the capabilities of Ramtron's MaxArias wireless memory, using either a graphical user interface (GUI) or command line interface.

The MaxReader board enables access to the full, higher-level user-memory capacity of the MaxArias wireless memory. It also enables engineers to use the full write speed of MaxArias wireless memory enabled by its block write capability.

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