Everspin’s Automotive-Temperature MRAM Meets Harsh Environment Demands in BMW S 1000 RR Racing Bike

Everspin introduces AEC-Q100 MRAM products to serve broad automotive applications; 4Mb MRAM stores critical calibration data for BMW Motorsport Super Bike

CHANDLER, AZ – February 28, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Automotive-temperature MRAM technology from Everspin Technologies is helping optimize performance of the BMW S 1000 RR Motorrad Motorsport Super Bike that made its international competition debut in 2009. Having passed the extreme environment test with BMW, Everspin is also introducing a family of AEC-Q100 fully qualified MRAM products for a variety of automotive-related applications.

Everspin’s 4Mb MR2A16AMYS35 MRAM provides a robust memory solution for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport engine control unit (ECU) called RSM5, storing important calibration data that controls the motorcycle during a race. Prior to each competition, the bike’s computer is fine-tuned for peak performance and optimized for the individual rider, specific track and exact race conditions. The MRAM chip stores adjustable engine parameters such as data related to a racing bike’s fuel injection, ignition, braking and acceleration. Always non-volatile, power loss after writes to MRAM does not affect data integrity.

“We are extremely pleased with the advantages that Everspin’s MRAM brings to our bike on race day,” said Ralf Schmidt, electronic development leader, BMW Motorrad Motorsport. “We selected MRAM to store critical data for our Superbike due to MRAM’s excellent temperature performance and inherent reliability.”

New AEC-Q100 automotive temperature devices

Everspin is adding AEC-Q100 automotive temperature products to its MRAM portfolio, including x 8, x 16 and serial SPI interfaces. These MRAM products operate over an extended temperature range (-40ºC to 125ºC) and provide extreme reliability. MRAM’s fast and unlimited read/write endurance coupled with 20-year data retention make it an ideal memory solution for harsh automotive environments.

Over the last several months, Everspin has been working with grade one automotive suppliers and racing teams worldwide on select applications. Now with the availability of fully qualified automotive MRAM devices, Everspin will be able to serve a broader automotive customer base. In addition to meeting memory requirements in engine control units, typical applications for automotive temperature MRAM products include advanced transmission control, in-car data log and multimedia systems for in-car entertainment.

“The BMW Motorrad Motorsport Super Bike provides a great opportunity to showcase the non-volatility, extreme temperature and high reliability characteristics of Everspin’s newly qualified automotive MRAM devices,” said Phill LoPresti, president and CEO of Everspin. “MRAM has provided outstanding performance under the harsh demands associated with BMW’s racing bike, and now we look forward to expanding into a multitude of automotive applications.”

Product availability

Everspin’s 4Mb MR2A08AMYS35 and 4Mb MR2A16AMYS35 MRAM products have met AEC-Q100 qualifications and are available now. For more information, go to: http://www.everspin.com/technology.php?qtype=auto.

About the BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR Superbike

The BMW S 1000 RR races in the World Superbike (WSBK) series worldwide (Australia, USA). The motorcycles that race in the championship are high performance versions of standard available production bikes. In 2010, BMW Motorrad Italia made its debut in international competition and won both the riders’ and constructors’ titles in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup. Team BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike will race in the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship. For more information, visit www.bmw-motorrad.com or www.s1000rr.com.

About Everspin Technologies

Everspin Technologies is the global leader in developing and manufacturing standalone and embedded magnetic-based memory (MRAM). As the world’s first volume MRAM supplier, Everspin delivers the most reliable, high-performance and cost-effective non-volatile random access memories in the market and also leads the industry in next generation Spin-Torque (ST-MRAM) technology development. A growing number of leading corporations in the computing, storage, industrial and office automation markets have adopted Everspin MRAM to enable their most advanced products. www.everspin.com

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