Microchip Announces a New Family of 1.8V Low-Power 16-MbitSerial Quad I/O™ SuperFlash® Memory Devices

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Tags / Keywords: SST26WF016B, Serial Flash, SPI Flash, Flash, NOR Flash, SuperFlash, Non-Volatile Memory, SQI Flash, Quad I/O Flash, 1.8V Flash, SFDP


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CHANDLER, Ariz., Oct. 28, 2014 [NASDAQ:  MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced a new family of 1.8V Serial Quad I/O™ (SQI) SuperFlash® Memory devices—SST26WF016B.  This device offers 16-Mbit of memory and is manufactured with Microchip’s high-performance SuperFlash technology, which provides the industry’s fastest erase times and superior reliability.

The SST26WF016B provides the fastest erase times of any competing device due to the use of SuperFlash technology.  Sector and block erase commands are completed in just 18 ms and a full chip erase operation is completed in 35 ms.  Competing devices require in the range of 10 to 20 seconds to complete a full chip erase operation, making SST26WF016B approximately 400 times faster.  The fast erase times can provide a significant cost savings to customers by minimizing the time required for testing and firmware updates, therefore increasing their manufacturing throughput.

The SQI interface is a high-speed 104 MHz 4-bit multiplexed I/O serial interface which allows for high-data throughput in a low pin-count package.  This interface enables low latency execute-in-place (XIP) capability, allowing programs to be stored and executed directly from the Flash memory and eliminating the need for code shadowing on a RAM device.  The SST26WF016B provides faster data throughput than a comparable x16 parallel Flash device without the associated high cost and high-pin count of parallel Flash.  The SQI interface also offers full command-set backwards compatibility to traditional Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) protocol.

Designed for low-power consumption, the SST26WF016B helps maximize battery life in portable applications.  Standby current consumption is 10 µA typical and a deep power-down mode further reduces current consumption to 2.5 µA typical.  Active read current at 104 MHz is 15 mA typical.  The combination of 1.8V operation with low-power consumption and small form factor packaging makes the SST26WF016B an excellent choice for applications such as portable medical devices, Bluetooth® headsets, GPS, camera modules and hearing aids.

The SST26WF016B offers excellent quality and reliability with 100 years data retention and device endurance of over 100,000 erase/write cycles.  Enhanced safety features include software write protection of individual blocks for flexible data/code protection and a One-Time  Programmable (OTP) 2 Kbyte Secure ID area.  These features protect against unauthorized access and malicious read, program and erase intentions.  The device also includes a JEDEC-compliant Serial Flash Discoverable Parameter (SFDP) table, which contains identifying information about the function and capability of the SST26WF016B in order to simplify software design. 

The new SST26WF016B devices combine the benefits of low-power 1.8V operation and fast Serial Quad I/O operation with the reliability and industry fastest erase times inherent to our SuperFlash technology,” said Randy Drwinga, vice president of Microchip’s Memory Products Division.  “This combination provides designers with an ideal Flash memory solution for portable battery-powered embedded designs.”

Pricing & Availability

The SST26WF016B device is available today for sampling and volume production in 8-contact WSON (6x5 mm), 8-lead SOIC (150 mil) and 8-ball XFBGA (Z-Scale) packages, starting at $0.93 each in 10,000-unit quantities.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at http://www.microchip.com/get/X7SV.  To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized distribution partners.

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Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/453F.


Note:  The Microchip name and logo, and SuperFlash are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.  Serial Quad I/O is a trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S.A. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.
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