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Cypress incorporates Ramtron FRAM devices

Posted: 03 Jan 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FRAM? nvSRAM? non-volatile memory? SONOS?

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has assimilated Ramtron International's ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) products into its line of products that according to the company is geared for fast-write non-volatile memories. F-RAM is the industry's lowest-power non-volatile memory, complementing Cypress's non-volatile static random access memories (nvSRAMs).

The merger between Cypress and Ramtron was officially completed on November 20, 2012. (See Cypress, Ramtron agree on merger terms.) Cypress is maintaining Ramtron part numbers, which represent the market's widest range of FRAM densities, to help support existing FRAM customers, noted the firm. There will be no supply disruption for more than 95 per cent of production parts, including all popular serial FRAM memories and processor companions. Along with popular serial and parallel interface memories, the Cypress non-volatile memory portfolio also includes wireless memories commonly used in RFID tags and integrated products that combine non-volatile memory with a real-time clock in one package.

FRAM and nvSRAM are inherently non-volatile and do not require a battery backup. FRAM cells inherently feature 10 trillion cycle endurance, fast single-cycle and symmetrical read/write speeds, low energy consumption, gamma radiation tolerance and immunity to electromagnetic interference, detailed the company. These features allow the device to target applications such as automotive, smart meters, medical devices, ePOS and printers.

Cypress's nvSRAMs are manufactured on its S8 0.13? Silicon Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon (SONOS) embedded non-volatile memory technology, enabling greater densities and improved access times and performance. nvSRAMs feature infinite read, write and recall cycles, with 20-year data retention. This makes them the best solution for applications requiring continuous high-speed writing of data and absolute non-volatile data security, including RAID, SSD, industrial automation, computing and gaming applications, added the firm.

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