Adesto Introduces EcoXiP™: the Ultimate Memory Solution for Intelligent IoT Devices
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Adesto Introduces EcoXiP™: the Ultimate Memory Solution for Intelligent IoT Devices

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adesto Technologies (NASDAQ:IOTS), a leading provider of application-specific, ultra-low power non-volatile memory products, today introduced EcoXiP™, a new eXecute-in-Place (XiP) non-volatile memory (NVM) that replaces expensive, energy-inefficient architectures, making power and performance trade-offs unnecessary in a wide range of connected devices. EcoXiP more than doubles processor performance, lowers system power consumption and reduces system cost compared to standard serial peripheral interface (SPI) devices.

Adesto's EcoXiP (inset)
Adesto’s EcoXiP™ system accelerating memory shown on-board the NXP® Kinetis™ Freedom development platform.

Adesto's EcoXiP
Adesto’s EcoXiP™ system accelerating memory shown on-board the NXP® Kinetis™ Freedom development platform.

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Internet of things (IoT) and embedded devices such as wearables, medical monitors, POS controllers and other connected embedded systems must be designed to handle more intelligent local data processing. The associated higher levels of functionality, new wireless protocol stacks and advanced software mean these devices need more program memory than what can be implemented economically on-chip using embedded Flash or SRAM memory, and less than what is offered by the smallest DRAM devices. Until now, to hit performance targets, system designers have been required to invest in memory solutions that are expensive, power-hungry and performance limiting.

Built on an innovative memory and protocol architecture, EcoXiP overcomes these challenges.

“Demand for higher performance, lower power and lower cost in connected embedded devices presents a challenge to system designers who find that existing solutions no longer meet requirements,” said Narbeh Derhacobian, chief executive officer of Adesto Technologies. “EcoXiP is designed from the ground-up to be the ultimate solution for serving as the main program memory in an intelligent IoT system.”

The EcoXiP Advantage
eXecute-in-Place (XiP) technology holds great promise for small embedded systems since it doesn’t suffer from the disadvantages of executing from on-chip embedded Flash or SRAM. Unlike with embedded Flash, an MCU can be implemented with an external XiP solution using latest process technologies, leading to better power consumption, higher frequency and lower system cost. Unlike embedded SRAM, an XiP Flash device can be turned off so it won’t consume any power during power-down modes. In addition, EcoXiP offers designers the flexibility of increasing memory capacity as their storage needs increase. However, even state-of-the-art XiP solutions suffer from a lack of performance along with high power consumption and increased system cost.

EcoXiP brings together all of the advantages of traditional XiP systems over on-chip memory, but its novel architecture means tradeoffs are no longer necessary. Benefits of EcoXiP include:

SPI host controllers for EcoXiP are available from Adesto IP partners including Mobiveil and Synopsys.

Supporting Quotes

“The high performance and concurrent read/write capability of Adesto’s EcoXiP memories have the potential to dramatically impact the customer experience for IoT and Industrial applications,” said Emmanuel Sambuis, NXP® Semiconductors vice president, MCU & connectivity. “The NXP MCU and i.MX products will support this differentiated technology through an enhanced memory controller, enabling customers to take full advantage of these memories.”

“As the IoT market evolves, designers are faced with the challenges of increasing memory performance with lower power budgets in smaller footprints,” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. “Providing interoperability between Synopsys’ DesignWare® High-Performance Synchronous Serial Interface IP with XiP functionality and Adesto’s EcoXiP NVM enables designers to increase the memory access speed in low-cost, energy-efficient IoT applications.”

“EcoXiP is an advancement over other flash products, particularly for IoT applications that require relatively large code size and high-performance XiP capability. This new processor-optimized device shows Adesto's commitment and understanding of the needs of intelligent IoT devices. Such optimization, which is common in the SoC world, is now seen in specialized memory devices.” -- Linley Gwennap, principal analyst, The Linley Group.

Samples of Adesto’s EcoXiP are available to lead customers now. Adesto is sampling a 32Mb device at introduction, with a family of densities planned for the future.

About Adesto Technologies
Adesto Technologies (NASDAQ:IOTS) is a leading provider of application-specific, ultra-low power non-volatile memory products. The company has designed and built a portfolio of innovative products with intelligent features to conserve energy and enhance performance including Fusion Serial Flash, DataFlash® and products based on Conductive Bridging RAM (CBRAM®) technology. CBRAM® is a breakthrough technology platform that enables 100 times less energy consumption than today’s memory technologies without sacrificing speed and performance. Adesto is focused on delivering differentiated solutions and helping its customers usher in the era of the Internet of Things. See:

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