PORTLAND, Ore. Two alternative semiconductor technologiesmicroelectromechanical system (MEMS) oscillators and ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM)were separately qualified for high-reliability and extended-temperature-range applications, respectively.
Both MEMS maker Discera Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and Ramtron International Corp. (Colorado Springs, Colo.), the FRAM maker, are fabless semiconductor houses.
Discera's CMOS oscillator passed all requirements, qualifying its MOS-1 MEMS oscillator for high-reliability applications requiring frequency stability, reliability and durability. Discera's MOS-1 is distributed by Vectron International, a supplier of high-reliability quartz crystal oscillators which can now also offer MEMS oscillators to its military, aerospace and automotive customers.
Separately, Ramtron has added three new products to its line of 64-kilobit serial FRAM devices that operate over the temperature range of -40 to +125 degrees Celsius. The new devices will also be used in military, aeronautic and automotive applications including powertrain, smart airbags and active steering.