First 120MHz 1.2V serial NOR flash memories in mass production

December 02, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
First 120MHz 1.2V serial NOR flash memories in mass production
Macronix ships 120MHz MX25S NPOR flash memory for IoT, wireless and consumer designs

Macronix International has started mass production of the industry’s first 1.2V high speed serial NOR Flash memory devices

The ultra-low-power (ULP), high-speed 120MHz MX25S Serial NOR Flash memories are aimed at designs in the Internet of Things (IoT), wireless communications technologies – including 5G, WiFi and Narrowband IoT systems, hand-held and Bluetooth devices, and consumer applications.

“Being first in the market with 1.2V Serial NOR Flash memories in mass production isn’t just a feather in our cap; it means Macronix customers serving a wide range of industries globally can achieve high-volume milestones of their own,” said Macronix Vice President of Marketing F.L. Ni. “They’re able to leverage the wide availability of those MX25S ULP memories and go to market without concern about volume of essential ULP Serial Flash memories. It’s a tribute to our engineering and manufacturing professionals that Macronix is first to reach this milestone and provide those customers with this opportunity.”

The company successfully launched first-generation of ULP 1.2V SPI NOR Flash in 2018. The second generation followed in 2020.

The power consumption is half that of the 1.8V Serial NOR flash devices and is achieved through a combination of voltage, current and speed, with a sleep current of 0.05uA and active current of 0.8mA. This is particularly aimed at battery-powered, medical-grade wearables, and miniature healthcare devices.

MarketsandMarkets predicts next-generation memories will be poised to become a US$2.4B market by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.5%. the low power consumption needs of IoT and artificial intelligence among the key factors in the growth.

The MX25S 1.2V Serial NOR Flash memories are available in high volume with densities of 16Mb and 64Mb, and in small-form-factor packages such as USON, WSON and WLCSP. Known Good die (KGD) solutions are also available.

www.macronix.com/en-us/products/NOR-Flash/Pages/Ultra-Low-Vcc-Flash.aspx.

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