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Schneider Electric Selects Everspin for Next Generation Programmable Automation Controllers

Everspin recently announced that it is providing its 16-Megabit MR4A16BMA35 MRAM to users of Schneider Electric’s Modicon M580 Programmable Automation Controllers.

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, launched its high-end Modicon M580 Ethernet Programmable Automation Controller (ePAC) in January 2016. The flagship product of the Modicon controller range, the Modicon M580 ePAC offers controller redundancy (hot standby CPUs), native Ethernet inside the backplane, and has cyber security features embedded at its core. The Modicon M580 ePAC is the high-end integrated controller of PlantStruxure, Schneider Electric’s automation architecture, and is reported to be the first PAC built for the Industrial Internet of Things.

Designed for applications requiring extreme data reliability and speed, Everspin’s 16-Megabit MR4A16BMA35 MRAM is said to offer system designers with a number of benefits, including fast non-volatile memory, symmetrical read/write performance, and high endurance. According to the manufacturer, these memory features assure automation designers that process data is retained deterministically and safely every time a power interruption occurs. In addition to the performance, the technology also allows a battery-free eco design.

“Being able to offer our M580 ePAC customers four megabytes of retained memory without the usual constraints means they don’t have to be limited on the process data they can retain,” said Florent Lacharme, offer manager, Modicon M580, Schneider Electric, in a press release. “This is ample memory that is maintenance free and instantly available at power-on.”

“Everspin is excited that Schneider Electric, an industry leader in programmable automation controllers, has designed its latest controller with our 16Mb MRAM,” said Phill LoPresti, president and CEO of Everspin Technologies, in the release. “This is a great endorsement of the value that our MRAM technology brings to the industrial market, and, as the only supplier of MRAM, it demonstrates the confidence that industrial customers have in our products.”

Everspin’s 16-Megabit MR4A16BMA35 MRAM is in full production today in a standard 48-ball BGA package. It is designed to be used in a system like any standard 16-bit parallel SRAM memory, with no software overhead. Unlike static random-access memory (SRAM), Everspin’s MR4A16BMA35 is instantly non-volatile: The memory bits retain their state even after power is removed, without the need for expensive and cumbersome external power sources.

“Everspin understands the unique demands of customers in industrial markets,” said Jean- Jacques Adragna, achitect manager for Schneider Electric. “Features like long term data retention and extreme temperature support are very important in often harsh industrial environments. The inherent endurance of the technology simplifies and speeds product development by avoiding the use of error correction codes and wear leveling schemes required with other non-volatile memory technologies.”

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