SOURCE: Ramtron International Corporation

January 25, 2006 10:30 ET

$99 UniVersaKit Development System Supports All Ramtron 8051 Microcontrollers

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 25, 2006 -- Ramtron International Corporation (NASDAQ: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of semiconductor products, today launched the UniVersaKit (VERSAKIT-UVK), a development kit and evaluation system that supports all Ramtron Versa product families as well as most industry-standard 8051 microcontrollers. The UniVersaKit ships complete with IDE (Integrated Development Environment), C compiler and assembler.

The UniVersaKit is a complete and comprehensive evaluation platform for Versa mixed-signal and low cost Flash 8051-based MCU families. The UVK integrates the required support circuitry to minimize startup time, accelerate system prototyping and shorten time to market: The board includes voltage regulators (3.3V and 5V), an RS-232 transceiver, DB9 connectors, tact switches for manual reset/interrupt triggering, user LEDs, a serial two-wire FRAM, Piezo buzzer and driver circuitry, chip peripherals and I/Os that are easily accessible through probe vias and header footprints, character LCD display expansion capabilities and ample prototyping space.

The UniVersaKit development kit ships complete with:

--  A development board that supports all Versa product families
--  Versa-ICP (In-Circuit Programmer) for programming and in-circuit
    debugging of Versa Mix 8051 MCUs (VMX51C1020/16). (Can also be used for in-
    system programming in end product production)
--  CD-ROM with user guides, Versa Ware Programming Software and
--  VMX51C1020 device soldered onto the devboard (VMX1016 is available
    upon request)
--  A sample of the Versa 8051 VRS51C1000-40-L-ISPVx
--  Serial cable and power supply

Ramtron programming and debugging software is provided free with the UniVersaKit and updates are posted at For more product inquiries, please email

Pricing and availability

The UVK is available for US $99.

About Ramtron

Ramtron International Corporation, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets specialized semiconductor memory, microcontroller and integrated semiconductor solutions used in a wide range of product applications and markets worldwide. Additionally, Ramtron works with various leading-edge licensees and manufacturers to bring its technology to market. For more information, visit

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