Maxwell Technologies expands line of space-qualified non-volatile memory components with launch of new EEPROMS

SAN DIEGO, May 19, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) — Maxwell Technologies, Inc. has expanded its line of non-volatile memory components with the introduction of 20 megabit electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM) multi-chip modules (MCM) that combine the latest commercial technology with proprietary radiation mitigation technology for high reliability, and die stacking technology to provide the space components industry’s highest density.

Larry Longden, Maxwell’s senior director of product technology, said that the new 79C2040 EEPROM MCMs incorporate 20 1mb high speed CMOS die to yield a 20 mb module, configured as 512Kb by 40 bits, allowing them to be used on a 32-bit computer bus with 8 bits of error detection and correction (EDAC). They are available in both 3.3- and 5-volt versions.

“Maxwell’s proprietary Rad-Pak® radiation-shielding technology ensures that these modules will perform reliably in orbit or space missions, and our Rad-Stak® die-stacking technology enabled us to establish a new industry standard for density,” Longden said.

Longden noted that the new EEPROMS, which originally were developed to provide high-density non-volatile memory capabilities for Maxwell’s SCS750 super computer for space, are the latest in a series of space-qualified Maxwell component offerings incorporating the latest commercial semiconductors with the company’s proprietary radiation-shielding technology. Pricing for the 79C2040, Class K screened, begins at $9,384 for quantities of 100 units.

“Producing radiation-hardened components requires a special semiconductor fabrication process and several years of development work, so components available to the space industry typically lag current commercial semiconductors by several generations,” Longden explained. “Maxwell has closed this technology gap by integrating sensitive commercial semiconductors with our proprietary radiation mitigation technology to provide ‘turnkey’ rad-hard space-qualified products.”

Maxwell’s microelectronic products for the space market include memory modules, power modules and single board computers, all of which are fabricated in the company’s QML-certified manufacturing facility in San Diego.

In addition to microelectronic products for space, Maxwell is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. Our BOOSTCAP® ultracapacitors and multi-cell modules and POWERCACHE® backup power systems provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications. Our CONDIS® high-voltage grading and coupling capacitors help to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport, distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy.

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