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Ramtron, TI to spin FRAM for masses
Written by Gizmo   
Thursday, 15 March 2007 06:58

Ramtron International Corp. is hoping that the two-pronged offensive it is launching in ferroelectric random-access memory technology will help its FRAM gain traction in more mainstream applications.

Read the full story at EETimes:

After years of development--and promises--Ramtron (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will roll out what the company claims is the world's first 4-Mbit FRAM. At the same time, the company has expanded its ties with Texas Instruments Inc. As part of that agreement, TI (Dallas) will manufacture Ramtron's 4-Mbit FRAM line on a foundry basis using its 130-nanometer process.

Ramtron and TI have been working together since 2001, when the companies entered a FRAM licensing and development agreement. Until now, the partners have provided few details about their development plans.

The product launch and joint-development announcement not only propel FRAM into new markets, such as portable systems, but also prove that the technology is somewhat scalable, according to the companies. "This manufacturing agreement [with TI] marks a major leap forward in the commercialization of higher-density FRAM products," said Ramtron chief executive officer William Staunton III. Although FRAMs have shown promise, scaling and manufacturing issues have limited the memory devices' adoption to smaller densities and 0.35-micron technology.

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