A non-volatile ferroelectric RAM (FRAM) product from Ramtron (distributed by Adilam ) has achieved the stringent AEC Q100 automotive IC stress test qualification of the Automotive Electronic Council (AEC).
This means the (FM25640) 64 kbit serial SPI device will now join other Ramtron FRAMs already being used in the automotive industry for a variety of applications including smart airbags, instrumentation and entertainment systems. It is also hoped to allow FRAM products to gain wider acceptance in mainstream automotive system applications and reduce design-in cycles for certain automotive systems. Ramtron says it plans to seek AEC Q100 qualification for other selected FRAM products.
According to Ramtron, FRAM’s rapid read/write speed and high-endurance features solve a wide variety of automotive system design challenges, including resume-play functions in automotive DVD video entertainment systems. FRAM stores scene changes and unique user data upon power-down, enabling users to continue where they left off when the DVD player is powered back up.
FRAM is also claimed to be revolutionising data collection in a new breed of smart airbag systems, allowing more data to be collected more frequently, enhancing system intelligence and thus deployment effectiveness.