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7 November 2008

e2v introduces the EV2A16A 4Mbit MRAM for Extended-Reliability Applications

e2v today announced the availability of the EV2A16A Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM), the extended-reliability version of the MR2A16A from Freescale Semiconductor. This high-density standalone 4Mbit MRAM device is now available with full operational performance across the entire military temperature range, ideally fulfilling avionic, defence and aerospace applications requirements.

“The EV2A16A is the first concrete result of the recent alliance between e2v and Freescale on MRAMs”, said Thierry Gouvernel, General Manager of e2v’s Broadband Data Converters, Microprocessors & Services (BMS) business unit. “This device is a significant addition to existing semiconductor solutions for embedded computers that need to survive extreme environmental conditions”.

“Freescale’s MRAM technology provides outstanding non-volatile performance in rugged applications,” said David Bondurant, MRAM Product Manager at Freescale. “We are delighted to partner with e2v to serve high-reliability markets with requirements more extreme than our standard products.”

The EV2A16A MRAM is an exceptional product combining non-volatility and speed.  This combination is key for applications that must permanently store and retrieve critical data quickly. Also, the solution is engineered to help protect the data when unexpected events occur(such as a power loss) without the need of an external battery back-up. The EV2A16A operates at SRAM speeds with symmetrical 35 ns read and write cycles. Its standard SRAM interface allows a seamless system integration of this memory device by directly connecting to standard memory controllers.

“This memory device ideally complements our high-reliability microprocessors and system interconnect product range,” said Eric Marcelot, Marketing Manager of e2v’s BMS business unit. “The EV2A16A is the first  device of a new family that is scheduled to be offered with higher screening grades for this 4Mbit device. e2v also plans to introduce higher density products within the coming months”.

The EV2A16A is now available in a standard 44-lead TSOP type II package in both extended (-40°C to +110°C) and military (-55°C to +125°C) temperature ranges.


e2v Press contact:
Sylvie Mattei, Communications Manager
Phone: +33 4 76 58 30 25



About e2v technologies plc

e2v technologies is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of specialised components and subsystems, falling within two product groups:

  •  Electronic tubes
  •  Sensors and Semiconductors

These products enable some of the world’s leading OEMs to deliver innovative systems for medical and science, aerospace and defence, and commercial and industrial applications.

For the year ended 31 March 2007, e2v achieved sales of £174m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (e2v.l).  In July 2006 e2v technologies plc acquired a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of specialised electronic components and sub-systems, based in Grenoble, France and in May of 2007 e2v plc acquired MiCS Microchemical Systems SA a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor based gas sensors.  These acquisitions strengthen the Group”s position as a major global provider of specialised electronic components and subsystems.

e2v’s products are supplied into three core market areas:

  •     Medical & Science: Sensor technology includes imaging sensors for intra-oral and panoramic dental X-ray, mammography, life science applications and X-ray microscopy. Electronic tubes are the enabling technology behind radiotherapy cancer treatments, microwave medical therapy and high-energy physics.
  •    Aerospace & Defence: Sensor technology includes military surveillance, targeting and guidance, space-based imaging and astronomy, radar & electronic warfare and broadband data converters and microprocessors for aerospace applications.  Electronic tubes provide the enabling technology behind radars, electronic countermeasures (ECM), electronic warfare and satellite communications.
  •    Commercial & Industrial: Sensor technology includes marine radars, industrial safety sensors, automotive radars and alarms, thermal imaging cameras used by fire fighters, CCD and CMOS high resolution line scan cameras for industrial inspection. Electronic tubes provide enabling technology behind TV broadcast, satellite communications, marine radar and food & industrial processing.

The overall purpose of the business is to grow sustainable shareholder value whilst appropriately meeting the expectations of customers, people, partners, suppliers and the wider community.  e2v’s vision is to create value through bright ideas in technology and materials science. The Company’s mission is to place customers at the heart of the business, providing enabling products of premium quality that extend technical barriers and enhance the competitive position of our partners.

e2v has approximately 1,800 employees worldwide with three UK based manufacturing sites in Chelmsford, Lincoln and High Wycombe, and one in Grenoble, France and one in Corcelles, Switzerland.  In addition e2v has sales offices in the UK, USA, Germany and France and Hong Kong, as well as a network of distributors and representatives covering other key territories.

Further information on e2v technologies plc is available from its website,