SOURCE: Ramtron International Corporation

October 16, 2007 10:00 ET

fimicro Designs Ramtron's 4Mb F-RAM Memory Into Its New PC/104-Compliant Single Board Computer and Smart I/O Modules

F-RAM Used in fimicro RAID Cards to Guarantee Data Integrity, Prevent Data Loss, and Protect System Status; Replaces Flash, SRAM, and EEPROM Technologies in fimicro Designs

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwire - October 16, 2007) - Ramtron International Corporation (NASDAQ: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semiconductor products, announced today that German-based embedded hardware and software provider fimicro has integrated nonvolatile F-RAM memory into its new active104 series of PC/104-compliant Single Board Computer (SBC) and smart I/O extension modules. fimicro has designed Ramtron's FM22L16 4-megabit (Mb) parallel F-RAM device into its active104 SBC, RAID, Ethernet, and USB boards. F-RAM has replaced Flash, SRAM, and EEPROM memory technologies in the active104 systems where Ramtron's F-RAM nonvolatility, No Delay™ writes, and virtually limitless endurance are ideal for guaranteeing data integrity.

"F-RAM is used as replacement of less reliable Flash memory on our active104 boards to store the BIOS, OS, additional system software and vital system data," says Simone Fischer, Managing Partner of fimicro. "It also replaces SRAM and EEPROM on our smart I/O modules. The comprehensive use of F-RAM as a nonvolatile memory technology throughout fimicro's hardware product portfolio increases the reliability and overall robustness of our systems."

fimicro's SBC and smart I/O boards incorporate four 4Mb parallel F-RAM devices, forming a nonvolatile memory array of 2 megabytes (MB) that the system can directly boot from and restore its latest operating status within milliseconds after the reboot.. F-RAM is an ideal replacement for Flash in this application because of its high endurance and fast writes.

"The fact that fimicro has selected the FM22L16 for its active104 SBC, RAID, Ethernet, and USB boards is testament to F-RAM's growing acceptance among advanced embedded hardware providers," says Duncan Bennett, Ramtron Strategic Marketing Manager. "F-RAM is an integral part of fimicro's active104 systems because it ensures data reliability and prevents data loss in the event of a power failure."

F-RAM also replaces SRAM in the interface logic of all active104 smart I/O modules. An additional 4Mb F-RAM device has been integrated onto each of fimicro's RAID, Ethernet, and USB modules to enable fast read/write access and to guarantee data integrity. All data transferred between the SBC and the module is stored in the F-RAM at bus speed and is protected if the power fails. Additionally, this stored data allows the module to resume at exactly the same point when power is restored. F-RAM is also used instead of EEPROM in the active104 system to store device configuration data when needed.

About F-RAM

F-RAM memory offers features consistent with RAM technology, but is nonvolatile. It provides a minimum 10 years of data retention, virtually unlimited write endurance (approximately 1e14 write cycles), no delay write access, and low power consumption. For more details on high-density F-RAM devices, visit www.ramtron.com/highdensityFRAM/Default.asp.

About fimicro

fimicro is an independent embedded hardware and software solutions provider located in Henningen, Germany. fimicro concentrates on the development of the object oriented x86-RTOS aerolitheOS, systems and application software and ZFx86 SoC based PC/104-compliant SBC and smart I/O modules. For more information, visit www.fimicro.com.

About Ramtron

Ramtron International Corporation, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets specialized semiconductor memory and integrated semiconductor solutions used in a wide range of product applications and markets worldwide. For more information, visit www.ramtron.com.

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