AMD Announces Sampling of Newest Family of MirrorBit™ Flash Memory Devices
AMD MirrorBit™ Technology Delivers Industry’s Highest Density Flash Memory Device to Enable Advanced Features
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has commenced sampling the industry’s highest density NOR Flash memory device. Based on AMD MirrorBit™ technology, the new 256 Megabit (Mb) AMD Flash memory device is designed to enable advanced features and functionality in a variety of products such as cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). This device is part of a broad portfolio of AMD MirrorBit Flash memory products introduced today for sampling, with densities of 16, 32, 128 and 256Mb. The 64Mb device is currently in production.
AMD’s new family of MirrorBit Flash memory devices delivers highly reliable, cost effective solutions for code and data storage that the market demands. For consumers, high density Flash memory allows color screens, multiple languages, short messaging, pictures, internet access, and other advanced features, on cellular phones, PDAs and auto entertainment or navigation systems. For industrial users it allows the design of smarter routers and more efficient switches in networking applications.
The AMD Flash memory products introduced today offer a wide range of choices for performance, packaging, densities, data-bus width, and sector architecture. The planned extensive combination of nearly 500 distinct ordering part numbers will allow customers to select a Flash memory device tailored for their specific design needs.
“Demand for advanced features in a variety of consumer electronic products is really driving the need for innovative technology,” said Bertrand Cambou, group vice president, AMD Memory Group, “and AMD’s MirrorBit technology is the right answer for the marketplace. Our Flash memory devices based on AMD MirrorBit technology provide customers a very compelling storage solution.” Flash memory devices based on AMD MirrorBit technology maintain complete pin-compatibility with existing AMD Flash families. As a result, customers can easily adopt AMD MirrorBit technology and migrate to higher densities.
The 64Mb device is currently in production and samples of the 256Mb, 128Mb, 32Mb, and 16Mb devices are available now, with volume production scheduled for the first quarter of 2003.
About AMD MirrorBit™ Technology
AMD MirrorBit technology is a breakthrough that allows a Flash memory device to hold twice as much data as standard Flash without compromising device endurance, performance or reliability. AMD MirrorBit technology uses a true multi-bit Flash memory cell that delivers the same high levels of performance and reliability as standard NOR Flash. NOR Flash is commonly used to store and execute operating system software for many of the world’s electronic devices.
In an AMD MirrorBit cell, code or data is stored in two discrete and independent locations. By physically separating each bit and maintaining its individual integrity, Flash memory devices based on AMD MirrorBit technology are inherently more stable and reliable than competing multi-level cell (MLC) devices. MLC devices store fractional levels of charge in one location making them less reliable, and slower to program, read or erase.
Features and Packaging
Flash memory devices based on AMD MirrorBit technology are designed to offer a number of advanced features and specifications:
High-density, 16 Mb, 32 Mb, 64 Mb, 128 Mb, and the industry-leading 256 Mb Flash memory
Single 3.0 Volt power supply
Asynchronous access times as fast as 70 nanoseconds for the 16Mb and 90ns for the other densities
Page mode access times as fast as 25 nanoseconds
16 word performance-enhancing write buffer
Small 64kB sectors with erase times as fast as 400 milliseconds
Minimum of 20 years’ data retention at 125oC
Minimum of 100,000 write/erase cycles per sector
64-Ball Fortified Ball Grid Array Package
63-Ball Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array Package
48-Pin Thin Small Outline Package
56-Pin Thin Small Outline Package
Flash memory products based on AMD MirrorBit technology are priced as follows:
$25.75 / 256Mb device
$13.50 / 128Mb device
$7.35 / 64Mb device
$3.95 / 32Mb device
$2.35 / 16Mb device
All prices are for 10,000 piece quantities. Samples of all densities are available now and production is scheduled for Q1 2003.
AMD Flash Memory Awards
AMD’s Flash memory products have received numerous customer service, quality and technology awards, including top supplier awards from Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, Samsung, the Bosch Group, and Volkswagen.
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 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 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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