AMD Enables Advanced Bluetooth Applications with 8-Megabit, 1.8-Volt Flash Memory Device
High-performance, low-power design underscores commitment to low-density applications
Sunnyvale, CA --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the 8-Megabit Am29SL800D, the highest-performance member of its AM29SL Flash memory device family, designed to enable advanced Bluetooth and Global Positioning System (GPS) modules. Optimized for low-density portable applications with minimal impact on system power requirements, the 1.8-Volt device is designed to deliver a superior combination of high performance, long battery life, and small package size for next-generation portable systems.
“Consumers are expecting more from portable electronics, including advanced Bluetooth and GPS capabilities, but they’re unwilling to accept side effects such as reduced battery life,” said Ian Williams, vice president of customer operations for AMD’s Memory Group. “The Am29SL800D combines the flexibility of a high-performance 8-Megabit device with AMD’s low-power design expertise to help designers meet and exceed these demanding expectations.”
The new Am29SL800D device features an unrivaled combination of high performance and low power consumption. Initial read access times of 90 ns and single-word write times of 7 µs lead all 8-Megabit, 1.8-Volt Flash memory devices while requiring as little as one-fifth of the standby current and one-half of the read current.
“While other Flash memory suppliers have chosen to reduce their low-density product portfolio or withdrawn entirely from some low densities, AMD continues to develop products for our customers centered on specialized market needs,” said Williams. “We developed the industry’s first 1.8-Volt Flash memory device family in 1997, and the Am29SL800D is proof of our continuing commitment to low-density innovation.”
Features and Packaging
For designers who need to add advanced features to Bluetooth or GPS applications with minimal impact on system power requirements and product form factor, AMD has introduced the 8-Megabit Am29SL800D device. The 1.8-Volt Flash memory device includes the following features and specifications:
- 90 ns read access time provides up to 22 MB/s read throughput
- Standby current as low as 0.2 µA lengthens battery life during periods of inactivity, while read current as low as 5 mA provides additional power savings during operation
- Space-saving FBGA packaging as small as 6 x 8 mm enables thinner and smaller products and modules
- A wide power supply operating range, 1.65 – 2.2 V, can increase system flexibility and power supply margins
- Designed to deliver one million write/erase cycles plus 20 years’ data retention at 125 °C
Full specifications and datasheets for the Am29SL family of Flash memory devices are available online at http://www.amd.com/flash/SL
The Am29SL800D device is priced at $1.30 each in quantities of 10,000.
About AMD Flash Memory Devices
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 cellular, automotive, networking, telecommunications, and consumer markets. AMD offers many Flash memory products, such as devices based on the innovative MirrorBit™ architecture; award-winning simultaneous read-write (SRW) product family; super low voltage 1.8 V 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 (FBGA) 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.
Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD (NYSE: 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 Standard & Poor’s 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and silicon-based solutions for communications and networking applications.
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