Dialog Semiconductor Announces Compatibility of EcoXiP Octal xSPI Flash Memory with Renesas’ RZ/A2M Microprocessor

August 11, 2020 Tiera Oliver

Dialog Semiconductor announced that its EcoXiP octal xSPI non-volatile memory (NVM), which was added to Dialog’s portfolio through its recent acquisition of Adesto Technologies, is now optimized to be used with Renesas’ RZ/A2M Arm-based microprocessors (MPUs).

Customers of the RZ/A2M, which is designed for high-speed processing of embedded AI imaging in smart appliances, service robots, and industrial machinery, can take advantage of the system-level benefits of EcoXiP, which according to the company, is the industry’s lowest power octal xSPI NOR flash device.

For systems leveraging the Renesas MPU, EcoXiP enables boot for instant-on capability and real-time system responsiveness. It also offers storing of AI weights for low-power AI inference. In addition, EcoXiP enables MPUs such as the RZ/A2M to operate in eXecute-in-Place (XiP) mode for code execution directly from external flash memory.

According to the company, EcoXiP is one of the first NOR flash devices to support the Expanded Serial Peripheral Interface (xSPI) communication protocol, with concurrent read-while-write (RWW) capability. This enables higher transfer rates and lower latency for flash memory, offering advantages for over-the-air updates, and data logging.

Also according to the company, the EcoXiP eliminates the need for expensive on-chip embedded flash in a broad range of emerging applications, this is an advantage for power, system cost, and performance. It achieves lower power consumption compared to other octal devices, and higher performance versus quad SPI devices.

EcoXip is available in volume production.

For more information, visit: https://www.dialog-semiconductor.com/products/memory/octal-xspi-memory

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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