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This electronic component, produced by the manufacturer "Ramtron", performs the same function as "4Kb FRAM Serial Memory".

FM24C04A Datasheet PDF - Ramtron

Part Number FM24C04A
Description 4Kb FRAM Serial Memory
Manufacturers Ramtron 
Logo Ramtron Logo 

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4Kb FRAM Serial Memory
4K bit Ferroelectric Nonvolatile RAM
Organized as 512 x 8 bits
High Endurance 1012 Read/Writes
10 Year Data Retention
NoDelay™ Writes
Advanced High-Reliability Ferroelectric Process
Fast Two-wire Serial Interface
Up to 1 MHz maximum bus frequency
Direct hardware replacement for EEPROM
The FM24C04A is a 4-kilobit nonvolatile memory
employing an advanced ferroelectric process. A
ferroelectric random access memory or FRAM is
nonvolatile and performs reads and writes like a
RAM. It provides reliable data retention for 10 years
while eliminating the complexities, overhead, and
system level reliability problems caused by EEPROM
and other nonvolatile memories.
Unlike serial EEPROMs, the FM24C04A performs
write operations at bus speed. No write delays are
incurred. Data is written to the memory array in the
cycle after it has been successfully transferred to the
device. The next bus cycle may commence
These capabilities make the FM24C04A ideal for
nonvolatile memory applications requiring frequent
or rapid writes. Examples range from data collection
where the number of write cycles may be critical, to
demanding industrial controls where the long write
time of EEPROM can cause data loss. The
combination of features allows more frequent data
writing with reduced overhead for the system.
The FM24C04A provides substantial benefits to users
of serial EEPROM, yet these benefits are available in
a hardware drop-in replacement. The FM24C04A is
available in industry standard 8-pin packages using a
two-wire protocol. The specifications are guaranteed
over an industrial temperature range of -40°C to
Low Power Operation
5V operation
150 µA Active Current (100 kHz)
10 µA Standby Current
Industry Standard Configuration
Industrial Temperature -40° C to +85° C
8-pin SOIC
Pin Configuration
7 WP
Pin Names
Device Select Address 1 and 2
Serial Data/Address
Serial Clock
Write Protect
Supply Voltage 5V
Ordering Information
FM24C04A-S 8-pin SOIC
This product conforms to specifications per the terms of the Ramtron
standard warranty. Production processing does not necessarily in-
clude testing of all parameters.
Rev. 2.0
July 2003
Ramtron International Corporation
1850 Ramtron Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
(800) 545-FRAM, (719) 481-7000, Fax (719) 481-7058
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Figure 4. Slave Address
No word address occurs for a read operation. Reads
always use the lower 8-bits that are held internally in
the address latch and the 9th address bit is part of the
slave address. Reads always begin at the address
following the previous access. A random read address
can be loaded by doing a write operation as explained
After transmission of each data byte, just prior to the
acknowledge, the FM24C04A increments the internal
address latch. This allows the next sequential byte to
be accessed with no additional addressing. After the
last address (1FFh) is reached, the address latch will
roll over to 000h. There is no limit to the number of
bytes that can be accessed with a single read or write
Data Transfer
After all address information has been transmitted,
data transfer between the bus master and the
FM24C04A can begin. For a read operation the
FM24C04A will place 8 data bits on the bus then wait
for an acknowledge. If the acknowledge occurs, the
next sequential byte will be transferred. If the
acknowledge is not sent, the read operation is
concluded. For a write operation, the FM24C04A will
accept 8 data bits from the master then send an
acknowledge. All data transfer occurs MSB (most
significant bit) first.
Memory Operation
The FM24C04A is designed to operate in a manner
very similar to other 2-wire interface memory
products. The major differences result from the
higher performance write capability of FRAM
technology. These improvements result in some
differences between the FM24C04A and a similar
configuration EEPROM during writes. The complete
operation for both writes and reads is explained
Write Operation
All writes begin with a slave address then a word
address. The bus master indicates a write operation
by setting the LSB of the Slave address to a 0. After
addressing, the bus master sends each byte of data to
the memory and the memory generates an
acknowledge condition. Any number of sequential
bytes may be written. If the end of the address range
is reached internally, the address counter will wrap
from 1FFh to 000h.
Unlike other nonvolatile memory technologies, there
is no write delay with FRAM. The entire memory
cycle occurs in less time than a single bus clock.
Therefore any operation including read or write can
begin immediately following a write. Acknowledge
polling, a technique used with EEPROMs to
determine if a write is complete is unnecessary and
will always return a done condition.
An actual memory array write occurs after the 8th
data bit is transferred. It will be complete before the
acknowledge is sent. Therefore if the user desires to
abort a write without altering the memory contents,
this should be done using a start or stop condition
prior to the 8th data bit. The FM24C04A needs no
page buffering.
Pulling write protect high will disable writes to the
entire array. The FM24C04A will not acknowledge
data bytes that are applied to the device when write
protect is asserted. In addition, the address counter
will not increment if writes are attempted. Pulling
WP low (VSS) will deactivate this feature.
Figures 5 and 6 illustrate single-byte and multiple-
byte writes.
Rev. 2.0
July 2003
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