San Jose--June 26--Atmel Corp. (San Jose) announced that it is shipping its fourth family of Flash memory devices. Atmel is the semiconductor industry's originator of single-voltage Flash memories.
This new Flash family, the AT49 Series, operates down to 2.7 V and is aimed at high-density, code-storage applications. In contrast, Atmel's original Flash family, the AT29 Series, first introduced in 1989, is aimed at lower-density, general-purpose applications.
Atmel's second Flash family, Concurrent Flash, first shipped in 1996, includes the AT29C432--a truly concurrent, read-while-write monolithic Flash memory. Atmel also produces the AT45 Series of Serial DataFlash memory products that are aimed at high-density data storage.
The AT49 Series devices, organized both x8 and x16, are now available in volume in densities to 8 Mbits.
The new Atmel devices will be used in such applications as cellular handsets, hard disk drives, modems, switches, routers, pagers, and other telecommunications and networking systems.
The AT49 Series offers read access times to 45 ns. The devices operate down to 2.7 V and come with both top and bottom boot block options.
Package options include TSOP and VSOP, small outline, fine pitched surface-mount packages and chip-scale, ball-grid arrays for board densities approaching the silicon chip area.
Prices for the 8-Mbit, 5-V, x8 circuit (AT49F080) start at $10 each in quantities of 1,000 units.
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