FRAM board targets the Industrial Internet of Things

Louise Davis

MikroElektronika (MikroE) is using a 4Mbit serial Ferroelectric Random Access Memory (FRAM) chip on a new board for more effective data capture in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

The FRAM 2 click board is a compact, plug-and-play solution designed to evaluate the data logging and processing capabilities the FRAMs from Cypress Semiconductors for faster prototyping and development of IIoT applications.

The FRAM chip has a 40Mhz Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) along with a 2.0V to 3.6V operating voltage range and is available in RoHS-compliant, 8pin, industry-standard packages. The 100-trillion (10^14) read/write cycle endurance with 10 years data retention at 85॰C or 151 years at 65॰C means the devices can be used in the applications that require continuous, high-frequency and high-reliability data logging. These include smart meters, test and measurement equipment, wireless sensor nodes and factory equipment that require high-performance and high-reliability nonvolatile data capture. 

"Our click boards have become an industry standard when designing and prototyping new Internet of Things applications," said Aleksandar Mitrovic, Product Marketing Manager at MikroElektronika. "Adding intelligence to industrial equipment requires fast data logging, and power consumption is always a concern. Cypress' FRAMs are fast, reliable and low-power, making them a natural fit for our click board to support our customers' Industrial IoT design needs."

"With the ramp up of Industry 4.0, there has been a push for semiconductor suppliers to provide solutions that bring intelligence to factory equipment," said Douglas Mitchell, senior product marketing manager of the RAM business unit at Cypress. "High-performance, nonvolatile memories such as FRAMs are essential to capture critical data in industrial IoT systems that require reliable, high-endurance data-logging. MikroE's new click board gives industrial IoT developers a fast and easy way to prototype with our FRAMs."

MikroElektronika has developed over 350 add-on click boards for interfacing microcontrollers with peripheral sensors or transceivers using its mikroBUS standard that has also been endorsed by multiple microcontroller suppliers.


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