Macronix Releases World's Highest Performance Low-Voltage 4-I/O MXSMIO(TM) Serial Flash Memory

New MX25U Series MXSMIO(TM) Serial Flash Provides Highest XIP and SnD Performance in the Industry

Jan 06, 2010, 12:00 ET from Macronix International Co., Ltd.

HSINCHU, Taiwan, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Macronix International Co., Ltd. (TSE: 2337), the number one provider of Serial Flash, announced the industry's highest performance 1.8V 4-I/O MXSMIO(TM) (Serial Multi I/O) Serial Flash memory. Operating at speeds up to 104MHz of each I/O in 4-I/O mode, the new MX25U family 8Mb-64Mb enables applications not only to shadow code to cache as SnD (Store and Download) with the performance exceeding the Parallel Flash memory, but also supports execute-in-place (XIP) capability with enhanced Quad Peripheral Interface mode to execute the code directly from the Flash memory. With the advantage of high performance Serial Flash, users may enjoy the lower pin count and PCB saving together with the better throughput compared with Parallel Flash memory.

The low driving voltage and leading performance MX25U Series is suitable for mobile phones, DECT phones, Bluetooth, GPS and other portable devices and as well as power consumption concerned embedded applications.

"The NOR Flash memory trend in portable and mobile phone industry has changing from Parallel to Serial interface," said F.L. Ni, vice president of Macronix. "In particular, the design of ultra low-cost mobile handsets made the most use of the low pin count, 4-I/O advantages of Serial Flash to reduce total system cost. And Macronix, as the Serial Flash market leader and IDM company, takes the lead in providing our customers MX25U family with highest product performance, full portfolio, and stable availability."

With the data throughput running up to 416Mbps, the MX25U Series runs at the performance even exceeding that of a page-mode Parallel Flash. The device also provides the 8/16/32/64-byte length wrap-around mode that enables users to execute directly from the Flash memory without cache buffers.

In addition to the high read performance, the MX25U product series also supports write suspend/ resume feature to facilitate the usage in mobile applications. It is fabricated by Macronix's new 1.8V floating gate technology, providing low power consumption, and 100K endurance cycles.

All MX25U Series Quad Peripheral Interface devices are available in industrial temperature range and offered in an 8-contact WSON (6mm x 5mm) or 8-lead SOP (200 mil) package. Samples of the 32Mb 1.8V MXSMIO(TM) Serial Flash are available now and mass production will begin in the first quarter of 2010. The 64Mb sample will also be offered in January and 16Mb/8Mb densities will be available in March.

About Macronix International Co., Ltd.

Founded in 1989, Macronix International Co., Ltd. (TSE: 2337.TT) is a leading provider of innovative Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) solutions. Macronix is the largest worldwide manufacturer of ROM products, and also provides a wide range of Parallel and Serial NOR Flash products across various densities. These products are used in vast range of consumer, computing, communications & networking, and industrial applications.

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     Michelle Chang
     Department Manager
     Corporate Communication Office
     Macronix International Co., LTD.
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     Salman Rashid
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     Macronix America, Inc.
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     Jeff Doong
     Product Marketing Manager
     Macronix Europe, N.V.
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     Nobufumi Fujii
     Marketing Senior Manager
     Japan Branch
     Macronix Asia Limited
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     FAX:   +81-44-246-9105

SOURCE Macronix International Co., Ltd.