The FM24C04A is a 4-kilobit FRAM with an industry-standard 2-wire serial interface that is pin-compatible with comparable EEPROMs.
A direct hardware replacement for EEPROM, only better, the device reads and writes at bus speeds up to 1MHz and operates at 5V, drawing 150 micro amps for reads, 100 kHz for writes, and 10 micro amps in standby.
The FM24C04A offers 45 years of data retention, is rated over the industrial temperature range (-40 degrees C to +85 degrees C), and is available in a green 8-pin SOIC package.
FRAM offers three distinct benefits in advanced metering designs:
- No Delay™ reads/writes: FRAM writes data at bus speed, eliminating the need for a complicated data backup system in the event of power loss.
- Virtually unlimited endurance: FRAM collects data for an unlimited period without wearing out. In an electric meter FRAM can be written every second for the life of a meter. No other nonvolatile memory offers this capability. Less advanced designs that exclude FRAM can only afford to write the data when power is failing because alternative memory products wear out quickly if they are written too often.
- Low power consumption: FRAM devices are RAMs and do not require charge pumps and are, therefore, orders of magnitude lower in power during write cycles than floating gate devices such as flash and EEPROM. During battery-powered data collection, FRAM devices offer the lowest power operation of any memory solution available, making them ideal for a variety of data collection applications including water and gas meters.