Fremont Micro Devices Announces an SPI Interface Family of Serial EEPROMS

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The FT25160A and FT25640A are the First Two Members of the Serial Peripheral Interface Family of Serial EEPROM Integrated Circuits

Fremont Micro Devices USA Inc. today announced the FT25160A and FT25640A Serial EEPROM integrated Circuits. They are the first two members of the Family of Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) non volatile memories which will include memory densities from 2k-bit to 512k-bit arrays. The new devices are specified to operate -40C to +85°C, and provide the features and performance for which FMD’s entire portfolio of serial EEPROM devices is known, including over 1 million erase/write cycles and 100-year data retention.

The new Serial EEPROMs support applications requiring byte-level reads and writes. The 20 MHz FT25160A and FT25640A EEPROM devices require no sector erases prior to writes. This results in faster programming times, lower program voltages and simplified system operations. Additionally, low operating and standby currents of <1uA enable the new serial EEPROMs to consume very little power during operation and standby. The devices have full voltage-range operation from 1.8 to 5.5 V. The SPI Serial EEPROM devices are ideal for low-voltage and high-temperature applications like those found in many industrial, medical and consumer electronic designs.

"Many of our customers have asked for SPI interface EEPROM’s for use in embedded designs requiring fast speeds in noisy environments. These are applications where the I2C bus limitations in Communication speed and sector operations are severe," said Jim Panfil, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Fremont Micro Devices USA. “The Serial EEPROM with SPI bus interface is popular because the SPI bus design is robust and includes a simple hardware interface and several write protect options,” he added.

The FT25XX Family of SPI interface EEPROMS adds to the growing portfolio of Fremont Micro Devices I2C and 3-Wire interface non volatile memory solutions. The parts are offered in SOIC-8, TSSOP-8 and DIP-8 packages. The list price per unit for orders of 10ku is:
FT25160A-USR-T, SOIC-8 Package $0.13
FT25640A-USR-T, SOIC-8 Package $0.18

About Fremont Micro Devices USA Inc.
Fremont Micro Devices is a semiconductor supplier and integrated circuit design house. It has quickly become a leader in non-volatile memory products and high-efficiency power management solutions. FMD was founded in Fremont, California in 2003 and its products are offered through a global network of sales representatives and distributors in Europe, North America and Asia. FMD recently announced the cumulative shipment of one (1) Billion Serial EEPROM IC’s. The key members of the management team have extensive product development, design, finance and sales experience with leading Silicon Valley semiconductor companies.

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