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Commercial MRAM Chip Available From Freescale

First commercial Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) device available from Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor Inc. announces the availability of the first commercial Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) device, the MR2A16A.

The magnetic materials and silicon circuitry of MRAM provide the speed of SRAM and the non-volatility of Flash.

“With the commercialization of MRAM, Freescale is the first-to-market with a technology of tremendous possibilities and profound implications,” said Bob Merritt, Semico Research.

MR2A16A is a four megabit MRAM, commercial temperature range, 3.3 volt device featuring 35 nanosecond read and write cycle times.  It is an asynchronous memory organized as 256K words by 16 bits.  An industry standard SRAM pinout arrangement allows for system design flexibility without bus contention, and the device is housed in a 400 mil TSOP type-II RoHS package.

Designed to be a single-component replacement for battery-backed SRAM units, the MR2A16A’s commercial applications include networking, security, data storage, gaming, and printers, and it can be used in cache buffers and configuration and storage memories.