SOURCE: Ramtron International Corporation

Ramtron International Corporation

September 12, 2012 08:30 ET

Ramtron Announces F-RAM Memory Module for Use With the Popular Freescale Tower System

New Addition to Modular Platform Speeds Development Through Rapid Prototyping With F-RAM in Freescale-Based Solutions

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwire - Sep 12, 2012) - Ramtron International Corporation (NASDAQ: RMTR), a leading developer and supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semiconductor products, today announced immediate availability of its new F-RAM memory module (TWR-FRAM) that is compatible for use with Freescale Semiconductor's popular Tower System development platform. Populated with a superset of Ramtron F-RAM core memory and integrated products, the TWR-FRAM offers engineers that develop with Freescale's ARM® Cortex™-based Kinetis® and i.MX, ColdFire®, PowerQUICC™, QorIQ®, and other microcontroller and microprocessor solutions an easy-to-use platform to demonstrate, evaluate, and develop Ramtron's F-RAM into their design solutions.

Ramtron F-RAM core memory and integrated products are ideal for applications that require high data integrity and ultra-low power consumption -- aligning perfectly with Freescale's target markets in automotive, industrial, enabling technologies and networking. F-RAM inherently features high endurance, fast single-cycle and symmetrical read/write speeds, low energy consumption, gamma radiation tolerance, and immunity to electromagnetic noise. The TWR-FRAM is designed to allow users to develop with Ramtron's complete product line; offering core memory products up to 8 megabits and choice of memory interface (SPI, I2C, or parallel), as well as Ramtron's processor companions, state savers, and an interface to Ramtron's wireless memory products, such as the WM72016-6-EVAL, sold separately.

Pricing and Availability

Ramtron's TWR-FRAM memory module is in stock and immediately available worldwide from Future Electronics, Digi-Key, and Mouser Electronics. The TWR-FRAM is also available for order from other Ramtron/Freescale mutually authorized distributors (such as Alltek, Tokyo Electron Devices, WT Micro, and Farnell). While specifically developed using Freescale's Kinetis K53 Tower System kit (TWR-K53N512-KIT), the TWR-FRAM module is designed to work as a peripheral module with any Freescale Tower System controller or processor module, forming a complete Tower System assembly. All code and example project files for the TWR-FRAM are built for use with IAR® Embedded Workbench and Keil® µVision4 evaluation-licensed development tools, which are included in the Freescale Tower System development platform and downloadable from www.iar.com and www.keil.com. Download more information and TWR-FRAM development tools from www.ramtron.com/go/TWR-FRAM. A high-resolution product photo of the TWR-FRAM is available from www.ramtron.com/press-center/image-bank.aspx. (Select TWR-FRAM from pull-down menu).

The suggested resale price for the TWR-FRAM is $99USD.

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.

About the Freescale Tower System

The Freescale Tower System is a modular development platform that helps developers quickly prototype and evaluate their applications. Designers can choose from a growing ecosystem of controller and peripheral modules. Simply select the development boards (modules) with the needed features and functionality, and combine them to build a Tower System. In addition, standardized, open-source hardware allows Freescale customers and partners to design additional modules for added functionality and customization. Online training, videos, webcast, technical documentation and application notes are available at http://www.freescale.com/tower.

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Cautionary Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," and "potential," among others. These forward-looking statements are inherently difficult to predict and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to: general and regional economic conditions and conditions specific to the semiconductor industry; demand for Ramtron's products; order cancellations or reduced order placements; product sales mix; the timely development of new technologies; competitive factors such as pricing pressures on existing products and the timing and market acceptance of new product introductions; Ramtron's ability to maintain an appropriate amount of low-cost foundry production capacity from its foundry sources in a timely manner; our foundry partners' timely ability to successfully manufacture products for Ramtron; our foundry partners' ability to supply increased orders for F-RAM products in a timely manner using Ramtron's proprietary technology; any disruptions of Ramtron's foundry or test and assembly contractor relationships; currency fluctuations; unexpected design and manufacturing difficulties; defects in products that could result in product liability claims; risks and uncertainties relating to the possible transaction and process of exploring strategic alternatives; and the risk factors listed from time to time in Ramtron's SEC reports, including, but not limited to, the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. SEC-filed documents are available at no charge at the SEC's website (www.sec.gov) or from the Company.

All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to Ramtron as of the date of this release, which may change.

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