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AMD Introduces 1.8 Volt Flash Device
SUNNYVALE, CA--MARCH 29, 1999--AMD today introduced announced the Am29SL160C,
the industry's first 1.8 Volt-only, 16-megabit flash memory device. As the newest addition
to AMD's super low voltage flash family, this device offers high performance with read
access times as fast as 100 nanoseconds.
"The new Am29SL160C represents a significant milestone in AMD's low-voltage
strategy," said Walid Maghribi, group vice president of AMD's Memory Group. "By
combining 16-megabits with 1.8-volt technology, we help system designers meet stringent
power constraints, while increasing the functionality of existing and future generations
of portable devices."
The Am29SL160C features AMD's advanced power-management system, which conserves power
by automatically putting the flash device into sleep mode during inactive periods,
consuming virtually zero power. There is no latency/wake-up time when the system
subsequently accesses the device.
In addition to super low power consumption, the Am29SL160C offers three value-added
features, requested by system manufacturers: electronic serialization; accelerated
programming mode; and hardware write protection. Electronic serialization provides unique
identification to prevent equipment cloning. Accelerated programming increases factory
throughput by 50 percent, while hardware write protection prevents inadvertent code
modification during power transitions.
The Am29SL160C is an ideal solution for embedded handheld applications such as digital
cellular handsets manufacturers, personal information devices (PIDs), global positioning
systems (GPS), and pagers. These applications require low power consumption, long battery
life, high performance, increased functionality and small form-factor packaging. By
reducing the power consumption to one-third that of comparable 16-megabit 3.0-Volt
devices, the Am29SL160C enables manufacturers to offer more feature-rich products with
extended battery life.
Price, Package and Availability
The Am29SL160C is available now for samples in a 48-pin TSOP and a 48-ball Fine Pitch BGA.
FBGA provides the most reliable, least expensive chip-scale package solution for flash
memory. In order to provide an easy migration path, the Am29SL160C is pin-compatible with
the 8-megabit Am29SL800C and existing AMD 3.0-Volt and 5.0-Volt devices. The device is
$8.50 in 10,000-piece quantities.