F-RAM Wireless Memory with RF Access Enables Novel Mobile Data Collection
Ramtron International Corporation recently announced the availability of commercial samples of its F-RAM enabled MaxArias wireless memory devices. Ramtron's MaxArias wireless memory products combine the low power, high speed, and high endurance features of nonvolatile F-RAM memory technology with industry standard wireless access to enable innovative mobile data collection capabilities. MaxArias is suited for a wide range of applications such as high-value asset tracking, manufacturing and maintenance history collection, and smart utility metering, among others. Ramtron's first family of MaxArias wireless memories combines up to 16-Kilobits of high-performance, nonvolatile F-RAM memory with the EPCglobal Class-1 Generation-2 UHF Air Interface Protocol Standard. When combined with an optimized antenna design, the MaxArias device powers up with energy harvested directly from the RF field. Mainstream RFID tags offer only a few kilobits of memory and exhibit inherently slow performance. Ramtron's introductory MaxArias wireless memory offers up to 1,000 16-bit words of data on the IC. End users can benefit from the high-performance, high-capacity MaxArias device by storing and retrieving their valuable information such as manufacturing data, production number and date, configuration status, malfunctioning history, repair history, and even firmware revisions at a distance of up to 10 meters at very low power (-13dBm/-13dBm read/write sensitivity). Ramtron's MaxArias WM710xx family is ideal for applications spanning many industries including utilities, aircraft/industrial manufacturing, inventory control, maintenance tracking, building security, electronic toll collection, pharmaceutical tracking, and product authentication, among others.