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AMD announced flash memory for cars

Posted on Saturday, October 26 2002 @ 07:57:04 CEST by

AMD today announced the availability of samples of the industry’s fastest Flash memory device designed to operate in demanding, high-temperature automotive environments. The Am29BDD160, a 16 Megabit device, is designed to meet customers’ stringent demands for performance and reliability and is ideal for applications in advanced automotive systems, including power-train management, high-end engine control modules, and Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS). Volume production is expected at the end of this quarter.

The Am29BDD160 device allows designers and auto manufacturers to create safer, more fuel-efficient cars for their customers by enabling higher-performance electronic control of the automobile’s operating functions. This device also delivers up to 33% faster access and up to 65% more data throughput than competing devices. Plus, it is the industry’s only 66MHz device that can function over a temperature range of -40°C to +140°C. To further enhance performance and enable automotive “black box” data recovery functionality, the device also features AMD’s award-winning Simultaneous Read/Write architecture, which allows the system to read and program data at the same time without any latency.

The new Flash memory device features AMD’s Advanced Sector Protection Architecture, which helps protect customers’ valuable engine code and data against hackers who could seriously compromise the safety and performance of an automobile. This new architecture, with its enhanced set of security features, includes the option of using a 64-bit password to defend any or all engine-control codes and data against unauthorized modification. As a result, designers using the Am29BDD160 device can provide code and data access to authorized mechanics while simultaneously locking out would-be hackers and tuners.

“AMD remains committed to developing products and solutions that meet the stringent needs of the automotive customer,” said Ian Williams, vice president of customer operations for AMD’s Memory Group. “No other Flash memory product on the market today delivers the combination of high-performance, reliability, and security needed by our customers for the next generation of automotive electronics.”
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