Hsinchu, Taiwan, November 10, 2016 – Macronix, world-leading non-volatile memory (NVM) solution manufacturer, today unveiled its new-generation 12 pin-count bus interface. This breakthrough design keeps the high speed, high efficiency features of OctaFlash and uses only 12 pins, sharing the same data I/O, to enable simplicity in system design and optimizes PCB space, resulting in significant cost savings and dramatically enhancing the performance.
Macronix introduced OctaFlash, the world's fastest, high-efficiency 8 I/O Serial NOR Flash with 400MB/s data transfer rate in 2015. The booming development of IoT, the Automotive Electronics markets, the increasing demand for "instant-on" and an "interactive graphical user interface, has driven Macronix to develop and introduce its new low pin-count, high-performance OctaBus memory interface. The new bus interface keeps the low pin count feature of OctaFlash and combines both OctaFlash and the new OctaRAM components on a single bus. The two products can share the same data I/O and certain signal control pins and are designed to be compatible with each other with regards to their modified memory protocols. This enables chipset providers to combine PCB layout designs for OctaFlash and OctaRAM or even use a common PCB design.
In the new OctaBus memory subsystem, OctaFlash is recognized as an industry leader based on its 200MHz high performance frequency; while in tandem, OctaRAM enables designers to optimize their system design with significant cost savings through efficient pin sharing. With its design changed from parallel to serial interface, OctaRAM delivers a performance comparable to DDR2 and allows an improved ease of system design. The embedded systems adopting OctaRAM will, therefore, have a cutting edge advantage. Macronix's new interface is expected to lead the industry evolution to high speed and highly efficient system design in the same way as when Macronix pioneered the NOR Flash transition from parallel to serial interfaces, and become a leader in NVM industry.