Colorado Springs, Colo. Ramtron International Corp.'s latest ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) is a 256-Kbit device with a serial peripheral interface (SPI).
Designed for the automotive and metering markets, the FM25256 performs reads and writes at bus speeds of up to 20-MHz and offers an unlimited number of read/write cycles. Memory contents can be written in a little more than 13-milliseconds.
The FM25256 operates from 4 to 5.5-Volts and is pin-compatible with industry-standard 8-pin serial EEPROMs.
"The automotive electronics market is a predominant user of the SPI bus, and 5-V applications are very common," said Mike Alwais, vice president, FRAM products at Ramtron. "The FM25256 is the fastest data collection and storage solution available to the automotive market."
Samples of the FM25256 are available in an 8-pin small outline plastic package. Prices start at $3.84 in quantities of 10,000.
Ramtron International Corp., 1-800-545-FRAM or 1-719-481-7000, www.ramtron.com.