San Jose, Calif. - Atmel Corp. has developed in-system programmable (ISP) configuration memories with densities of up to 2 Mbits in an eight-pin, 6 x 6 x 1-mm LAP package. Designed for use with SRAM-based FPGAs and field-programmable system-level integrated circuits, the memories are roughly 60 percent smaller than one-time programmable memories in eight-pin small-outline IC or eight-pin VOIC packages. Atmel attributed the size reduction to a smaller process geometry and the use of an industry-standard serial interface.
New parts in Atmel's AT17 series provide 65-, 128-, 256-and 512-kbit, and 1- and 2-Mbit, configurations. They can be cascaded when higher densities are needed, the company said. Prices in 10,000-unit quantities range from less than $2 to $16.30, including Windows-based programming tools.
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