Simtek introduces industry's first 256K monolithic nvSRAM.COLORADO SPRINGS Colorado Springs, city (1990 pop. 281,140), seat of El Paso co., central Colo., on Monument and Fountain creeks, at the foot of Pikes Peak; inc. 1886. It is a year-round resort and a booming military, technological, and commercial city. , Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10, 1994--Simtek Corp. Thursday introduced the first two members of its 256 kilobit (thousand bits). For technical specifications, it refers to 1,024 bits. In general usage, it typically refers to an even one thousand bits (see kilo). Also Kb, Kbit and K-bit. See space/time.
(unit) kilobit - 2^10 = 1024 bits of storage (1 Kb). nonvolatile Random Access Memory (nvSRAM) family.
Sixteen times the density of its nearest single-chip competitor, Simtek's nvSRAMs lead the industry in density, speed, flexibility and ease-of-use.
Simtek estimates that with the addition of its 256 kilobit family of products, a market opportunity exceeding $250 million annually can be addressed. The products are targeted at many applications including instrumentation, industrial control, telecommunications, and digital signal processing See DSP.
Digital Signal Processing - (DSP) Computer manipulation of analog signals (commonly sound or image) which have been converted to digital form (sampled). .
The products were developed in cooperation with Chartered Semiconductor of Singapore, and utilized Chartered's advanced 0.8 micron CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) Pronounced "c-moss." The most widely used integrated circuit design. It is found in almost every electronic product from handheld devices to mainframes. technology in conjunction with Simtek's 0.8 micron SNOS SNOS Silicon Nitride Oxide Semiconductor
SNOS Service Network Operational System (Ericsson) technology.
"We're pleased with the product and the results, and look forward to supporting Simtek in volume manufacturing," said Steve Della Rocchetta, vice president of sales and marketing, Chartered Semiconductor.
The STK15C88, configured as 32K x 8, offers AutoStore(tm) circuitry, which provides continuous monitoring of the power supply and the state of the nvSRAM device. When a power loss is detected, this circuitry initiates an automatic Store operation, quickly and reliably transferring data from SRAM See static RAM.
SRAM - static random-access memory to on-chip "shadow" EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable ROM) A rewritable memory chip that holds its content without power. Although EEPROMs spawned flash memory, EEPROMs are byte addressable at the write level, whereas flash chips must erase a block of bytes before rewriting. . When power is returned, data is automatically restored to SRAM from the EEPROM, appearing to the system as though the power interruption never occurred.
Other features of the STK15C88 include 1) user initiated Stores or Recalls controlled by software commands, providing system design flexibility; 2) unlimited Recall cycles from EEPROM; 3) unlimited read/write SRAM access; and 4) minimum of 100,000 store cycles guaranteed. This product also employs power management techniques which reduce current consumption in slower systems.
The STK11C88 offers features similar to the STK15C88, with the exception of the automatic Store. The STK11C88 provides the user who does not want to automatically store data on power loss the flexibility of capturing the data upon software command, resulting in complete control over the Store operation.
"Available in standard JEDEC The division of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) that deals with semiconductor standards (officially, the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association of EIA). JEDEC was formed in 1958 when the Joint Electron Tube Engineering Council (JETEC) split into two Joint Electron Device 28-pin packages, these 256K products offer customers a direct upgrade from our 16K and 64K product families. Simtek's nvSRAM products provide the most versatile and reliable nonvolatile solution available to system developers," said L.D. Hockaday, director of sales and marketing.
"Simtek's nvSRAM is as easy to design with as a SRAM, saving system designer time and effort and allowing the end system to be quickly developed and rolled into production. In the near future, Simtek will also introduce a family of 16K x 16 nvSRAMs, ideal for the DSP (1) (Digital Signal Processor) A special-purpose CPU used for digital signal processing applications (see definition #2 below). It provides ultra-fast instruction sequences, such as shift and add, and multiply and add, which are commonly used in math-intensive market."
Both devices incorporate Simtek's patented NOVCEL(R) memory cell technology, which achieves performance, density, and reliability improvements over competitive nonvolatile RAMs by combining standard four-transistor SRAM with EEPROM in a single memory cell. Simtek's use of silicon nitride (Si3N4) A silicon compound capable of holding a static electric charge and used as a gate element on some MOS transistors. technology for the nonvolatile elements allows the design of a small, high-performance memory cell and enables production in standard CMOS manufacturing facilities.
A wide range of applications will benefit from the STK15C88 and STK11C88 nvSRAM's ability to retain essential program and data information. Examples of uses for these products include:
1) Random Data Storage: The 256K nvSRAM offers reliability, maintainability, space savings, and system cost advantages over battery-backed SRAM in systems like modems, meters, terminals, scales and monitors.
2) Reconfigurable Program Storage: The 256K nvSRAM products allow DSP-based systems such as automotive collision avoidance See collision avoidance system. , high- density disk drive, and digital telephones to learn and adapt to their operating environments.
3) Combined Data and Program Storage: The 256K nvSRAM products allow system designers to use one device for both data storage (typically accomplished with SRAM today), and program storage (for which programmable read-only memories See PROM.
(storage) Programmable Read-Only Memory - (PROM) A kind of ROM which can be written using a PROM programmer. The contents of each bit is determined by a fuse or antifuse. are typically used). This allows for the elimination of one or more components in many hand-held systems such as cellular telephones and radio telephones.
The STK11C88 and STK15C88 are organized as 32K x 8 and offered in speeds of 25, 35, and 45 nanoseconds in a JEDEC standard 28-pin 600-mil DIP package.
Samples are currently available.
Volume production, following qualification, is scheduled for the second quarter of 1995. One thousand-piece pricing for either product in the 45ns commercial version is $24.98. A 64-pin Quad Flat Pack surface mount package (QFP (Quad FlatPack) A square, surface mount chip package that has leads on all four sides and comes in several varieties. PQFP (Plastic QFP) may refer to all of the following QFP types. All quad flatpacks use gull-wing leads, except for the CQFP, which stick straight out. ) will also be offered.
Simtek Corp. develops, produces and markets high-performance nonvolatile memories. The company is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., with international sales and marketing channels.
Simtek is listed on the NASDAQ NASDAQ
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Note: AutoStore(tm) is a trademark of Simtek Corp.
NOVCEL(R) is a registered trademark of Simtek Corp.
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