The Am29LV116B is a 16 Mbit, 3.0 Volt-only Flash
memory organized as 2,097,152 bytes. The device is
offered in a 40-pin TSOP package. The byte-wide (x8)
data appears on DQ7–DQ0. All read, program, and
erase operations are accomplished using only a single
power supply. The device can also be programmed in
standard EPROM programmers.
The standard device offers access times of 80, 90, and
120 ns, allowing high speed microprocessors to
operate without wait states. To eliminate bus conten-
tion the device has separate chip enable (CE#), write
enable (WE#) and output enable (OE#) controls.
The device requires only a single 3.0 volt power sup-
ply for both read and write functions. Internally gener-
ated and regulated voltages are provided for the
program and erase operations.
The device is entirely command set compatible with the
JEDEC single-power-supply Flash standard. Com-
mands are written to the command register using
standard microprocessor write timings. Register con-
tents serve as input to an internal state-machine that
controls the erase and programming circuitry. Write
cycles also internally latch addresses and data needed
for the programming and erase operations. Reading
data out of the device is similar to reading from other
Flash or EPROM devices.
Device programming occurs by executing the program
command sequence. This initiates the Embedded
Program algorithm—an internal algorithm that auto-
matically times the program pulse widths and verifies
proper cell margin. The Unlock Bypass mode facili-
tates faster programming times by requiring only two
write cycles to program data instead of four.
Device erasure occurs by executing the erase com-
mand sequence. This initiates the Embedded Erase
algorithm—an internal algorithm that automatically pre-
programs the array (if it is not already programmed) be-
fore executing the erase operation. During erase, the
device automatically times the erase pulse widths and
verifies proper cell margin.
The host system can detect whether a program or
erase operation is complete by observing the RY/BY#
pin, or by reading the DQ7 (Data# Polling) and DQ6
(toggle) status bits. After a program or erase cycle
has been completed, the device is ready to read array
data or accept another command.
The sector erase architecture allows memory sectors
to be erased and reprogrammed without affecting the
data contents of other sectors. The device is fully
erased when shipped from the factory.
Hardware data protection measures include a low
VCC detector that automatically inhibits write opera-
tions during power transitions. The hardware sector
protection feature disables both program and erase
operations in any combination of the sectors of mem-
ory. This can be achieved in-system or via program-
The Erase Suspend feature enables the user to put
erase on hold for any period of time to read data from,
or program data to, any sector that is not selected for
erasure. True background erase can thus be achieved.
The hardware RESET# pin terminates any operation
in progress and resets the internal state machine to
reading array data. The RESET# pin may be tied to the
system reset circuitry. A system reset would thus also
reset the device, enabling the system microprocessor
to read the boot-up firmware from the Flash memory.
The device offers two power-saving features. When
addresses have been stable for a specified amount of
time, the device enters the automatic sleep mode.
The system can also place the device into the standby
mode. Power consumption is greatly reduced in both
AMD’s Flash technology combines years of Flash
memory manufacturing experience to produce the
highest levels of quality, reliability and cost effective-
ness. The device electrically erases all bits within
a sector simultaneously via Fowler-Nordheim tun-
neling. The data is programmed using hot electron