SAN FRANCISCOóNon-volatile memory vendor Ramtron International Corp. said Tuesday (Jan. 10) it has made initial customer deliveries of ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) built by IBM Corp. on Ramtron's manufacturing line in Burlington, Vt.
In addition to the 50,000 devices already shipped, Ramtron (Colorado Springs, Colo.) said it expects to ship approximately 1.9 million devices over the next few quarters with a potential for significantly higher volumes in the future. The Ramtron-designed custom FRAM devices are destined for use in generic printer cartridges, the company said.
"This milestone marks the first commercial shipment of 3-volt F-RAM devices built on our new FRAM manufacturing line in Burlington," said Eric Balzer, Ramtron's CEO, in a statement. "In recent months, we have made significant progress toward improving the product yield on our new manufacturing line, which also bodes well for our recently introduced standard F-RAM products being built there."
Ramtron announced in May that, after multiple delays, the company began sampling the first pre-qualification FRAM devices built on the company's manufacturing line at IBM.
On Monday, Ramtron introduced a 2-megabit (Mb) high-performance serial FRAM device, FM25V20. A drop-in replacement for 2-Mb serial flash and serial EEPROM memories, the FM25V20features fast access, virtually unlimited read/write cycles and low power consumption, according to Ramtron. The FM25V20 is sampling now in 8-pin EIAJ SOIC and TDFN packages, with prices starting at $8.99 per unit in 10,000-piece quantities, Ramtron said.