AMD’s New Am29BDD160 Flash Memory Device Delivers Leading Performance in Industry's Most Challenging Environment
New Flash Memory Device with Advanced Security Features Enables Safer, More Fuel-Efficient Cars
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of samples of the industry’s fastest Flash memory device designed to operate in demanding, high-temperature automotive environments. The Am29BDD160, a 16 Megabit device, is designed to meet customers’ stringent demands for performance and reliability and is ideal for applications in advanced automotive systems, including power-train management, high-end engine control modules, and Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS). Volume production is expected at the end of this quarter.
The Am29BDD160 device allows designers and auto manufacturers to create safer, more fuel-efficient cars for their customers by enabling higher-performance electronic control of the automobile’s operating functions. This device also delivers up to 33% faster access and up to 65% more data throughput than competing devices. Plus, it is the industry’s only 66MHz device that can function over a temperature range of -40C to +145C. To further enhance performance and enable automotive “black box” data recovery functionality, the device also features AMD’s award-winning Simultaneous Read/Write architecture, which allows the system to read and program data at the same time without any latency.
The new Flash memory device features AMD’s Advanced Sector Protection Architecture, which helps protect customers’ valuable engine code and data against hackers who could seriously compromise the safety and performance of an automobile. This new architecture, with its enhanced set of security features, includes the option of using a 64-bit password to defend any or all engine-control codes and data against unauthorized modification. As a result, designers using the Am29BDD160 device can provide code and data access to authorized mechanics while simultaneously locking out would-be hackers and tuners.
“AMD remains committed to developing products and solutions that meet the stringent needs of the automotive customer,” said Ian Williams, vice president of customer operations for AMD’s Memory Group. “No other Flash memory product on the market today delivers the combination of high-performance, reliability, and security needed by our customers for the next generation of automotive electronics.”
Features and Packaging
AMD’s Am29BDD160 device is the first in a new family of AMD Flash memory designed to meet the requirements of advanced automotive applications. This 16 Mbit device includes the following features and specifications:
- 66 MHz data rate, 264 MB/s data throughput
- 54 nanoseconds (ns) initial or random access, 8 ns burst access
- Award-winning Simultaneous Read/Write operation
- User-definable 16-bit or 32-bit databus
- Highly configurable Burst functionality interfaces easily with industry-standard microprocessors including Motorola MPC, Infineon Tri-Core, and Hitachi SH-4 series microcontrollers
- Advanced sector protection architecture for total control over sector security
- Ultra-low power consumption (max 5 uA in standby, 30 mA @ 66MHz)
- Acceleration pin to increase in-factory programming performance
- Designed to deliver one million write/erase cycles plus 20 years’ data retention at 125˚C
- Extended temperature range (-40˚C to +145˚C)
- QS-9000 certification
The Am29BDD160 device is available in the following packages:
- 80-Ball Fortified Ball Grid Array (Fortified BGA)
- 80-Ball Plastic Quad Flat Package (PQFP)
- Known-Good Die
The Am29BDD160 device is priced at $6.90 each in quantities of 10,000.
About AMD Flash Memory Devices
AMD’s 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 innovative MirrorBit™ architecture; 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 developed highly reliable Fine-pitch Ball Grid Array packaging.
AMD’s Flash memory products have received numerous customer service, quality and technology awards. Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, Samsung, the Bosch Group, and Volkswagen have all awarded AMD their top supplier awards.
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 $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).
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