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FRAM Memory Technology

Build better products with Fujitsu’s superior non-volatile memory solutions

FRAM (Ferroelectric Random Access Memory) is a unique memory solution that combines the best features of RAM and ROM. It significantly outperforms existing non-volatile memories like E2PROM and Flash. FRAM offers non-volatile data storage through the use of ferroelectric material in the memory cells. Its fast random access provides significant performance improvements, to enable more frequent data access and last data backup at sudden power outage.

Fujitsu began mass producing FRAM technology in 1999, and was the first company to manage high volume production of this memory technology. Since this time we have shipped a large number of FRAM products world-wide, and have gained more experience in FRAM manufacturing than any other company.

With in-house development and manufacturing, we have been enabled to create a close link between product design and factory production. This close link allows us to produce and deliver substantial and high-quality products onto the market along a highly stable supply chain.

Product features include:

  • fast overwrite speed (30,000 times faster than EEPROM)
  • high endurance (up to 10 trillion read/write cycles)
  • low power consumption
  • tamper resistance
  • higher resistance to radiation than flash and EERPOM
  • higher resistance to magnetic fields than MRAM

Product features include:

  • real time logging/monitoring possible
  • simplification of system architecture by replacing RAM/ROM operations with FRAM
  • reduced error sources in a simplified system
  • extend/ensure battery lifetime
  • increase/ensure data security and integrity

FRAM Applications

Smart Metering
FRAM solutions have enabled the metering industry to meet the major challenge of building more reliable and higher performance smart meters.

Application features include:

  • reliable and real time data storage for more accurate billing
  • data integrity even at sudden power outage through fast writing
  • high endurance memory allowing high frequency logging
  • low energy consumption reducing operational costs
Find out more about FRAM smart metering applications.

We offer Standalone FRAM technology for use across a wide range of industrial applications, including factory automation, rotary encoders, motion control and process monitoring. Our solutions can be easily integrated into any system requiring high-speed and high endurance non-volatile memory, that doesn’t need battery backup.

Application features include:

  • instant status logging with exact time stamp
  • direct storage of logging data into FRAM with high write endurance
  • efficient memory management that simplifies system architecture and software complexity
  • low power consumption suitable even for energy harvesting applications

Our FRAM RFID technology is used by organisations around the globe to improve their reliability and efficiency. It has a vast range of applications within all sectors, from the food industry to space, science and medical, where durability in a harsh environment is a valuable feature.

We offer end-to-end life cycle management solutions capable of using the same RFID tag to manage and store data from the point of production, through to the tracking of logistics. Within Boeing for instance, our non-volatile memory solutions are used to improve maintenance procedure safety and efficiency.

FRAM RFID applications include:

  • supply chain management
  • data logging for increased operational efficiency
  • tracking of equipment and machinery maintenance
  • scheduling and logging of inspection histories
  • parts and component management
Find out more about FRAM industrial applications.

FRAM-based RFID tags can improve both safety and efficiency for products in medical applications, especially where sterilization by radiation is necessary.

Applications include:

  • ability to record environmental information
  • management of the medical supply chain
  • monitoring of surgical equipment before and after medical procedures
  • processes requiring high traceability
  • automatic identification of equipment or materials to remove human error
Find out more about FRAM medical applications.

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