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The benefits of eeprom with the speed of sram are bringing fram technology to centre stage. By Graham Pitcher.

Mainstream memory technologies fall into one of two camps – volatile and non volatile. Not surprisingly, there are features of both groups which are attractive to designers of electronic products.
Volatile memories are, in general, easy to use and offer relatively high performance. Their downside is that data is lost when the device is powered down. Non volatile memory, on the other hand, offers a lower level of performance, consume a lot of power and have a limited working life. Their major feature, however, is that data is retained when the power is removed.

An increasing number of applications now require the best of both worlds – for instance, high performance and low power consumption, combined with non volatility – but traditional technologies don't support this. Ramtron believes its technology – ferroelectric ram, or fram – is the answer.

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