Schneider Electric has designed its Modicon M580 High End Ethernet Programmable Automation Controllers (ePAC) to include Everspin Technologies' 16Mbit MR4A16BMA35 MRAM. The Modicon M580 is suitable for industrial data backup applications.

“Everspin understands the demands of customers in industrial markets,” said Jean-Jacques Adragna, architect manager, Schneider Electric. “Features like long term data retention and extreme temperature support are very important in often harsh industrial environments. The inherent endurance of the technology simplifies and speeds product development by avoiding the use of error correction codes and wear levelling schemes required with other non-volatile memory technologies.”

The Modicon M580 ePAC features controller redundancy, native Ethernet and is claimed to have the largest memory and performance on the market. It is said to be the first PAC built for the Industrial Internet of Things and is the high-end integrated controller of PlantStruxure, Schneider Electric’s automation architecture.

Designed for applications requiring high data reliability and speed, the MR4A16BMA35 MRAM is claimed to have the fastest non-volatile memory on the market, symmetrical read/write performance and unlimited endurance. The technology also allows a battery free eco-design.

Phill LoPresti, president and CEO, Everspin Technologies, said: “This is a great endorsement of the value that our MRAM technology brings to the industrial market and, as the only supplier of MRAM, it demonstrates the confidence that industrial customers have in our products.”

Everspin’s 16Mbit MR4A16BMA35 MRAM is available in a standard 48-ball BGA package and is designed to be used in a system like any standard 16-bit parallel SRAM memory with no software overhead. Unlike SRAM, the MR4A16BMA35 is said to be instantly non-volatile, meaning that the memory bits retain their state even after power is removed, without the need for expensive and cumbersome external power sources.