Ramtron upgrades 64-kilobit serial FRAM memory to +125ºC for demanding automotive systems

3rd September 2007
Posted By : ES Admin
Ramtron upgrades 64-kilobit serial FRAM memory to +125ºC for demanding automotive systems
Ramtron International Corporation has expanded its line of FRAM Grade 1 automotive parts, qualifying an additional 64-kilobit (Kb) serial FRAM device to operate over the entire automotive temperature range of -40 to +125 degrees Celsius. The FM25640-GA – a 5-volt, 64Kb FRAM with a high-speed serial peripheral interface (SPI) – is now Grade 1 AEC-Q100 specified, making it suitable for automotive applications under the hood, as well as in the passenger cab.
FRAM’s fast writes and high endurance are ideal for automotive systems that continuously log data. These include powertrain, smart airbags, active steering, and other systems that require fast and frequent data writes. Within the powertrain, FRAM constantly records driving style so that the gearbox can adapt itself accordingly. In a smart airbag, FRAM collects occupant size and position data continuously to ensure that the airbag deploys safely during a crash. For active steering, FRAM stores steering angle data rapidly and frequently.

“As automobile technology moves from crash worthiness to crash avoidance, the need for data gathering significantly increases. FRAM is the ideal memory for this emerging technology,” says Duncan Bennett, Ramtron International Strategic Marketing Manager. “These benchmark qualifications enable designers to take advantage of FRAM in their designs, and represent our commitment to meeting emerging technological trends in the automotive market.”

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