Ramtron wireless memory dev kit increases capture/write speed - Embedded.com

Ramtron wireless memory dev kit increases capture/write speed


The MaxReader Development Kit from Ramtron International Corporationis a complete system that enables engineers to quickly evaluate, test, and prototype Ramtron’s MaxArias wireless memory for a broad range of RF-enabled applications. The kit features Ramtron’s MaxArias WM72016 16-Kilobit wireless F-RAM memory on a small-footprint, EPC Gen2 radio frequency reader board (interrogator) along with wireless memory transponders (also available separately) and other hardware to enable engineers to fully test and develop designs using the robust features of the MaxArias wireless memory. The kit offers a graphical user interface (GUI) and command line interface for ease-of-use as well as step-by-step, out-of-box application information and documentation to accelerate evaluation and prototyping.

The kit is a demonstration vehicle and development platform that allows the wireless capture, transmission, and storage of data up to six times faster than comparable EEPROM devices. In addition, MaxArias wireless F-RAM memory products, like the WM72016 included with the kit, are capable of capturing large block writes — up to 127 words— without loss of data integrity or compromising read/write speed and distance.

The Ramtron WM72016 wireless memory excels in applications that require swift transaction of data-rich information over a low power, wireless RF connection. By dramatically reducing the time to write data, Ramtron MaxArias products enable innovative wireless applications. From consumable product authentication and passive wireless data logging, to increasing manufacturing throughput and enabling wireless in-field firmware updates, Ramtron MaxArias wireless memory offers customers cost-saving and efficiency-driven performance. Applications that can directly benefit from Ramtron wireless products include smart utility metering, medical devices, manufacturing, inventory management systems, and maintenance/repair/operations (MRO). Unlike mainstream RFID tags that offer limited memory and exhibit inherently low performance, Ramtron MaxArias wireless memory offers expanded memory as well as fast data storage and retrieval enabled by proven, high-performance, nonvolatile F-RAM memory technology. MaxArias devices are also gamma radiation tolerant, immune to magnetic fields, and conform to the EPCglobal Class-1 Generation-2 UHF air interface protocol.

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Pricing and Availability
Offered at a suggested resale price of $399 USD, the MaxReader Development Kit (MAXREADERKIT) is available for purchase from Digi-Key at www.digikey.com and Mouser Electronics at www.mouser.com . The kit is offered in five regionally tuned frequency bands: North America (-NA), China (-CN), Taiwan (-TWN), Japan (-JPN), or Europe (-EUR). In addition, the WM72016-based wireless memory transponder board (WM72016-6-EVAL-915-ANT) is available as a standalone product from Mouser and Digi-Key for a suggested resale of $25 USD.

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