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Industry’s lowest-power NVRAM available from RS Components

Fast F-RAMs offer no-delay data write, long lifetime and high capacity for portable, industrial and automotive applications

LONDON, UK, 28 January 2020 – RS Components (RS) (https://uk.rs-online.com/web/), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global multi-channel provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions, has launched the new ExcelonTM range of advanced ferroelectric RAM (F-RAM) devices from Cypress Semiconductor. The most energy efficient non-volatile memory on the market, Excelon offers fast write speeds with no delay, and an effectively unlimited lifespan.

Excelon F-RAM uses the same SPI serial processor interface (https://uk.rs-online.com/web/c/semiconductors/memory-chips/fram-memory/?applied-dimensions=4294879292) and timing as other non-volatile memory devices such as SRAM, EEPROM and serial Flash. However, it performs write operations at bus speed, eliminating the ‘soak time’ and buffering delays that can cause data loss. Excelon F-RAMs therefore make ideal drop-in hardware replacements for other non-volatile memory in applications that require frequent or rapid writes.

Three types of Excelon F-RAM are available:

Excelon LP is designed for power sensitive applications including portable medical equipment like neuromodulators and defibrillators, wearable devices such as health watches and activity trackers, IoT sensors, and portable test equipment. These devices provide multiple power saving modes, including hibernate (0.1μA), deep power-down (<0.1μA) and standby (down to 2.3μA). In all, Excelon LP consumes 200 times less energy than EEPROM and 3000 times less than NOR Flash. It can also offer a lifetime of 1000 trillion write cycles — enough to log data every millisecond for more than 3000 years. It comes in an 8-pin GQFN (grid-array quad flat no-lead) or SOIC package.

Excelon Ultra is targeted at high-performance industrial applications such as factory automation, programmable logic controllers, motor controls and smart meters. It features a low-pin-count 108MHz quad SPI that is as fast as a parallel interface, with 35ns burst access time. Current consumption at 108MHz is just 10mA. With a 100-trillion-cycle lifetime allowing continuous data logging for 15–20 years at up to +85°C, Excelon Ultra offers a more reliable single-chip replacement for a multi-component (SRAM, battery and power management) configuration.

Excelon Auto is ideal for automotive applications such as camera and sensor data capture for ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems), event data recorders, and body control. Equipped with 108MHz quad SPI, it offers an operating temperature range of –40°C to +125°C. It is AEC-Q100 qualified and ISO 26262 compliant.

To meet ever growing data logging requirements, Excelon F-RAMs offer device capacities up to 8Mbit — the highest of any serial F-RAM. All Excelon devices offer reliable data retention for over 100 years. They are available to purchase now from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

About RS Components
RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we ship more than 50,000 parcels a day.

We support customers across the product life cycle, whether via innovation and technical support at the design phase, improving time to market and productivity at the build phase, or reducing purchasing costs and optimising inventory in the maintenance phase. We offer our customers tailored product and service propositions that are essential for the successful operation of their businesses and help them save time and money.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2019 reported revenue of £1.88 billion. Electrocomponents has seven operating brands: RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark, IESA and Monition.

For more information on RS, please visit the website at https://uk.rs-online.com/web/.

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