Memory and Storage

Fujitsu Targets Industrial Market with FRAM Chip

12 December 2014

Fujitsu Semiconductor America has introduced a low-power FRAM device integrated with a binary counter function for use in industrial automation applications.

Dubbed MB85RDP16LX, Fujitsu claims the FRAM device consumes less than 10 percent of what is required by other standard FRAM offerings. The device does this through the integrated counter function that is different from other devices that use standard memory, requiring the microcontroller to read data from the memory device before performing operations, Fujitsu said. The FRAM device replaces separate read/write operations with a single command from the MCU and uses the binary counter, resulting in energy savings up to 94 percent, the company said.

Fujitsu is targeting the device for the industrial market including energy harvesting for rotary encoders, motor control and sensors.

Fujitsu said that the FRAM device can be connected via a single- and dual-SPI interfaces, features an operating temperature range of 040 to 105 degrees Celsius and includes a fast device wake-up time that Fujitsu said is 38 times faster than other standard FRAM devices.

The MB85RDP16LX is available now for both mass production and sampling.

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