AMD Introduces Industry's Fastest 128Mb Flash Memory Device
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced the Am29PDL128, the industry’s first x32, high density, 128Mb NOR flash memory device. A high-performance page-mode interface with access times of 25 nanoseconds enables data throughput rates that are 2-3 times greater than those of competing products. Built using AMD’s 0.17-micron flash memory process, the device offers a selectable x16/x32 data bus and features AMD’s award-winning Simultaneous Read/Write architecture. This combination of high throughput, high density, and low power consumption makes this device the ideal choice for advanced cellular phones, two-way pagers, and automotive applications.
Leading-edge automotive, portable and cellular applications require high-performance flash memory solutions that ensure data integrity over the life of a system. The Am29PDL128 utilizes a proven architecture to deliver industry-leading levels of endurance and data retention and enables a new category of high-end products.
“Automotive manufacturers committed to providing consumers with a safer, smarter, and ‘connected’ driving experience are incorporating GPS navigation, interactive voice response systems, and other advanced telematics into dashboard applications,” said Kevin Plouse, vice president of technical marketing and business development for AMD’s Memory Group. “The high storage capacity, the wide x32 data bus, and the high performance of the Am29PDL128 make it ideal for leading automotive dashboard applications.”
“Designers of high-end hand-held devices are using advanced communication protocols such as GPRS to offer features such as instant and short messaging in their systems,” Plouse continued. “The Am29PDL128 enables advanced portable devices by offering a high-performance, true hardware Simultaneous Read/Write, low-power flash memory solution.”
Features and Packaging
AMD’s Am29PDL128 is a 3.0 volt-only Flash memory device manufactured on AMD’s advanced 0.17-micron process technology, and is the industry’s first x32, high density 128Mb NOR device. The device offers true hardware Simultaneous Read/Write, 25 nanosecond page-mode read access and 70 nanosecond random asynchronous access, and delivers industry-leading data transfer rates. The Am29PDL128 is available in AMD’s innovative new Fortified Ball Grid Array package. This package offers large 0.6mm diameter balls and 1.0mm pitch, a first in Flash, for unmatched board-level reliability, easy routing, and extremely conservative design rules. As a result, OEMs can deliver reliable products quickly to market while using low-cost PCB solutions.
Price and Availability
The Am29PDL128 is available now and is priced at $25 in 10,000 piece quantities.
AMD Flash Memory Awards
AMD’s Flash memory products have received numerous customer service, quality and technology awards. The most recent flash memory awards include: Bosch’s 1999-2000 Top Memory Supplier Award, Cisco Systems’ highest customer satisfaction recognition - the 2000 Cisco President’s Award, the Nortel 2000 “Supplier of the Year” award, the Samsung 2000 “Best Supplier” award, the Volkswagen 1999 “Leading Edge” award and the Cisco 1999 “Semiconductor Supplier of the Year” award.
About AMD Flash Memory Devices
AMD technology is employed by the world's largest producer of Flash memory devices, Fujitsu AMD Semiconductor Ltd. (FASL). AMD Flash memory products encompass a broad spectrum of densities and features to support a wide range of markets. AMD Flash memory customers represent leaders in the automotive, networking, telecommunications, and handheld mobile terminal markets. AMD offers many Flash memory products, such as the award-winning Simultaneous Read-Write (SRW) product family; Super Low Voltage 1.8V Flash memory devices; and Burst- and Page-Mode devices. AMD developed the robust Known Good Die (KGD) program and the patented negative gate erase technology, and refined the industry-standard Fine-pitch Ball Grid Array.
All AMD Flash memory devices are guaranteed by AMD for a minimum of one million write cycles per sector and 20 years' data retention, making them the most reliable non-volatile memory devices in the industry.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy awarded AMD an ENERGY STAR® Certificate of Recognition for its energy-efficient flash memory devices. Products with the ENERGY STAR label are designed to use less energy, save money and help protect the environment.
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets, with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor’s 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $4.6 billion in 2000. (NYSE:AMD).