Memory which maintains it's value through power cycles.

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Modifying memory of an integrated circuit

The integrated circuits of EMV-chips (normal credit cards) claim that their memory is physically protected, is it possible to make an integrated circuit in which the memory can only be modified and ...
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F-RAM Read Operation Data Loss

I have a question regarding F-RAM I will be using the Cypress FM16W08 as an example. Here is a link to the datasheet: http://www.cypress.com/file/41731/download I have recently used it as a drop in ...
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Why do most of the non-volatile memories have logical 1 as the default state?

I have used non volatile memory, like EEPROM and FLASH memory, in embedded applications and I have always found that unused memory (EEPROM/FLASH) bit locations are always set to ...
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What is a Namespace in SSD?

What is a namespace in NAND or NOR based Flash Memory? Is it a range of addresses of NVM? If yes, then is it specified by SSD Manufacturer?
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Does a USB mouse have memory that could be used to store malware?

I worry that this might get flagged as too broad, but here it goes: Lately I've been thinking about the possibility of loading data on peripheral devices. One of the most used peripherals is the ...
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EMMC memory vs SD memory

I have an embedded application in which I intend to create a database in an external storage. The MCU will be a low power Cortex M4 such as TIVA 129X. I am interested in the types of memory I should ...
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Will reading serial flash memory wear it out?

I know that a flash memory has limited write cycles. Does it also have limited read cycles? Datasheets of most serial flash memories (like SST25VF series) mention endurance cycles. Does this ...
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How do simple low power devices store setup when switched off?

I often come across battery powered items that store their state when switched off, particularly 'simple' items like LED bicycle lights (e.g. flash or solid light, changing each time it is switched ...
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STM32 SPI Peripheral bug?

I'm using STM32F051R8T6 on STM32F0-Discovery board and M25P80 flash IC as a peripheral. I've got the SPI configured in 3-line (+ 1 software chip select line), full-duplex mode and I'm using polling to ...
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EEPROM Write Cycle Time and Write Cycle Endurance

I have an embedded software application that is copying a buffer from RAM to EEPROM. In this case, the EPROM device is a 28C010 (128K x 8). The copying is done at non-regular intervals, generally in ...
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Running a Microcontroller with Selectable Voltage (3.3V/5V)

I'm working on a non-volatile SPI memory chip programmer. My design sends individual data bytes over USB to an MCP2200 (USB to serial converter chip), then the serial data is sent to an ATMega48, ...
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EEPROM Reading/Writing without Use of Programmer

I am designing a small password based door lock project which is fully made from logic gates and ICs without the use of any sort of programmable devices(it is a simple university project for the Logic ...
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How many NAND flash chips (measured in Gb) are required for a 32GB USB drive? What is the economic relationship between the two?

NAND Flash Contract Price http://www.insye.com/dp/NANDFlashContractPrice.aspx Context, I am purchasing about 200k USB drives. I sent it out to competitive bid but I want greater insight into the BOM ...
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NAND flash program/erase cycles

Recently I have gotten myself in to buying USB flash drives in order to back up some of my data, however once I got into the detailed specs of the consumer flash drives I have gotten worried, about ...
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Frequent and Fast Read and Writing to Non-volatile Memory in run-time, using Xilinx System Generator

I'm designing a video processing algorithm on Xilinx Spartan FPGA Board and and I hope to get my whole design done only in Xilinx System Generator (and MATLAB and Simulink HDL Coder), and I need some ...
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STM32F429 / STM32F439 read-while-write from two memory banks. Prevents stalling CPU?

I have been reading up on the STM32F429 flash memory (2MB version). From the STM32F4 reference manual I found out that it has two memory banks and supports read-while-write (RWW), which means it can ...
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Flash memory range on STM32F429II

I am reading the STM32F429II data sheet and looking at page 84, which shows the memory mapping. The chip has 2MB of internal flash memory, but the data sheet is general for all STM32F427xx/STM32F429xx ...
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Flash Memory Failure Modes - Block Failure

My understanding is that typical flash memory failures, such as those due to erase cycles, occur at the bit level. I have a flash in which entire blocks (actually two blocks) are failing. Is there a ...
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AVR program code location

I'm working with an ATmega328P and I wanted to interface with the flash memory writing data to it with the macros provided by avr-libc. This is the memory map for my chip: I don't understand where ...
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EEPROM Write Limit [duplicate]

Just curious as to why do non volatile memories like EEPROM in an AVR have a write limit ? Also is this limit per location/adress in the memory or on the memory as a whole ?
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Easy way to tell if a low power MCU supports external memory?

Please forgive my ignorance, as am very new to this. I am looking to build a custom PCB and have found several low-power modules with internal MCUs. Is there an easy/quick way to determine whether ...
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What sort of a ferrite core will I need to make core memory?

I am building a homebrew computer using core memory. What sort of a ferrite core will I need?
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Storing settings/data on microcontrollers non-volatile memory (STM32F103)

I want to be able to store values in a non-volatile memory so that the microcontroller can load these settings at start up. These settings might change at run-time and it is important for the systems ...
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Why must flash memory be written/erased in pages/blocks ?

Title says it all. I'm trying to understand the workings of flash memory technologies, at the transistor level. After quite some research, I got good intuitions about floating-gate transistors, and ...
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What is the Global Descriptor Table memory type?

What type of memory type is used for the Global Descriptor Table in an Intel Core 2 CPU? Is it just EEPROM or does the CPU normally use another type of NVRAM?
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High capacity flash memory

I'm trying to find a suitable high capacity (4-16GB) memory for an embedded application. Clearly this is going to be some kind of NAND flash memory. I need to be able to write to it at at least ...
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Differences, uses, and theory of volatile and nonvolatile memory?

I understand the basics of volatile and nonvolatile memory. Volatile memory requires a constant power supply to retain data whereas non-volatile memory does not require a constant power supply to ...
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How data 0xFF is stored in Flash memory?

Hi i am using SST25VF032B flash memory. Before writing ,it has to be erased to 0xFF. But my doubt is that how it stores real 0xFF. Will is store 0xFF or some other value?
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I2C slave address not acknowledged (sometimes)

I'm trying to communicate with a remotely connected FRAM (FM24C04 from Ramtron) by using I2C. This memory is embedded on a board that can be inserted and removed at any time to/from the system ...
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Some general NAND flash questions

I have some questions about nand memories. Do we need to erase whole block to rewrite only one page? If true, what is the algorithm? Cache whole block > edit one page > erase whole block > write ...
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NVSRAM - Storage Capacitor Selection

I was reading this document from cypress website on Various storage capacitor options for nvSRAM. In page 2 , under the heading 'key characteristics' (see link below), I came across various values for ...
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About leakage current, standby current and current budgeting

Am using ST microelectronics NAND Flash device NAND01GW3A0AN6E. In this datasheet under Dc characteristics table they specified leakage current,standby current,operating current parameters. What is ...
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Alternatives to using EEPROM

As I understand it, EEPROM is a part of a computer (in my case, an AVR microcontroller) which stores data, and holds on to it even when the device completely shuts down. It allows data to be written ...
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What's the catch with FRAM?

After recently acquiring an MSP430 Launchpad I've been playing with various microcontroller projects. Unfortunately, the MSP430G2553 only has 512 bytes of RAM, so doing anything complex requires ...
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How to erase stored data in MRAM memory devices

When searching in Google about MRAM I was only able to find the reading and writing process for MRAM. How does erasing happen in MRAM? Also why there is no need of error correction and checking ...
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Serial NOR Flash - Vague

What are the structural differences between Serial NOR Flash and Parallel NOR Flash? If there is a structural difference , then What are the differences between Serial NOR Flash and Serial NAND Flash? ...
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How to store audio data for AVR project?

I see a lot of projects for AVR-based audio players that use an SD card to store the audio data. In fact, I am currently doing the very same thing on an Arduino and its Wave Shield, which has an SD ...
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Flash memory slower than magnetic disk [closed]

If flash memory is slower than magnetic disk, how can SSDs be faster than magnetic HDDs? Flash memory (such as USB thumb drives) is a specific type of EEPROM, used for small portable disk ...
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Non-Volatile Serial Memory Chip

I need a non-voltile serial memory chip that I can clock random bits(about 500 bits) into one at a time by hand using toggle switch to clock them in . This stored bitstream is then clocked out at 20K ...
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What is the exact industry-standard programming protocol used for writing bits to a Flash memory device? [closed]

I have come across a Program & Verify technique. But I am unsure if that's how data is written to Flash memories in practice. I need a detailed specific protocol, preferably with the relevant ...
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Frequent Write to Non-volatile Memory

I am designing a device that automatically adjusts it's physical position as temperature changes. If the device it shut off or power is disconnected the device needs to remember it's last temperature ...