New from Atmel is a self-powered EEPROM which has just two active pins; one for data (SI/O) and the other for earth return(GND), no connection to a supply voltage is necessary. The SI/O signal acts as both data and power line, the EEPROM harvesting power from the data signal during the high time of the protocol sequence. The memory also has a factory-assigned 64-bit unique serial number for each device and with ESD tolerance to IEC 61000-4-2, the SI/O line can be directly accessed from outside the application. The memory consumes around 700 nA in standby mode with a 200 μA write cycle and 80 μA read cycle at 25°C. Operational speed is quoted at 125 kbps. The devices use the I2C protocol, allowing up to eight devices on the same bus. The new memory should find a home in the internet of things (IoT), wearables, consumable, battery and cable identification applications. The novel power arrangement means that there is also no requirement for external capacitors and rectifiers.
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