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
    IDE/Compiler/Assembler
--  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 www.ramtron.com/doc/Products/microcontroller/supporttools.asp. For more product inquiries, please email mcuinfo@ramtron.com.

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 www.ramtron.com.

For 300-dpi product photos, go to www.ramtron.com/doc/Press/photos.asp.

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