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May 21, 2009

Fujitsu Intros Low-Power Memory ICs

By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. a provider of semiconductor products and services for the wireless, automotive, consumer, and other markets throughout North and South America, recently launched two consumer Fast Cycle RAM (FCRAM) memory ICs – Fujitsu (News - Alert) 512Mbit MB81EDS516545 and 256Mbit MB81EDS256545 with the temperature range extended to 125 degree C with DDR SDRAM interfaces.

DDR SDRAM (double-data-rate synchronous dynamic random access memory) is a class of memory integrated circuits used in computers.
The new, low-power memory ICs are optimized for use in System-in-Packages in consumer products such as digital TVs and digital video cameras.
“Customers using the new FCRAM ICs combined with a System-on-Chip in the SiP configuration will achieve optimal performance even as the temperature of the SiP rises with the increase in operating speed,” said Tong Swan Pang, senior marketing manager at Fujitsu Microelectronics.
“Today’s digital consumer products continue to demand higher performance, higher speeds and lower costs. SiPs that combine a memory chip with the SoC meet these requirements, and reduce the number of components and board space, helping lower system costs. Where rapid and flexible design is a key factor for success in the consumer electronics market, SiPs integrate high-speed memory and simplify design,” Pang added.
The Fujitsu 512Mbit and 256Mbit consumer FCRAM ICs feature a maximum operating temperature of 125 degree C. Using the new FCRAMs, the SiP operates to specification even when it is used with a SoC featuring high power consumption without any addition of heat sink.
The new FCRAMs also can provide data-transfer rates more than twice the rate of the conventional DDR SDRAM memory, while keeping power consumption low. The company also clarified that the newly announced 512Mbit FCRAM can reduce power consumption by up to 50 percent compared to the equivalent conventional DDR2 SDRAM memory. As result, these FCRAMs contribute to a 50 percent reduction of CO2 emissions that typically emanate from the memory in digital consumer products.
Reportedly, samples of the 512Mbit MB81EDS516545 and 256Mbit MB81EDS256545 are available with immediate effect.

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