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TOSHIBA Develops High Speed NANO FLASH(TM)-100 Flash Memory for ARM Core Based Microcontrollers

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it has developed NANO FLASH™-100 much faster access for embedded microcontrollers, based on Toshiba's original NANO FLASH™.

Development background:

The rich functionality and high speed capabilities of embedded microcontrollers require much flash memory with much faster access rates. Toshiba has recognized and responded to this by developing NANO FLASH™ which merges two features: high speed programming, based on NAND flash memory cell device technology; and NOR flash memory circuit technology. Toshiba has subsequently brought this high level performance to its original microcontrollers and to ARM core-based microcontrollers. Now, as more users use ARM core-based microcontrollers, there is an emerging need for greater speed and large memory capacities. NANO FLASH™-100 is highly suited to this market.

Features:

  • The newly developed NANO FLASH™-100 achieves a zero-wait cycle during random access at 100MHz operation (note 1), the industry's top class. This allows the core in ARM-based microcontrollers to fully utilize the superior performance and code density of applications requiring high speed and large capacity memory.
  • Using the ultra low power technology of NANO FLASH™ microcontrollers, a wide range of high speed, low power applications developments are available.

Toshiba will follow up on its first NANO FLASH™-100 product, TMPM440F10XBG, with additional ARM core-based products and will continue the proactive development of flash memory technologies for embedded microcontrollers.

Note 1: Based on Toshiba's research in flash memory for embedded microcontrollers (as of January 2013)
Note 2: ARM and Cortex are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Limited in the EU and other countries.
Note 3: NANO FLASH is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation.

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

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