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AgigA Tech achieves safety and compliance certifications for battery-free energy modules

December 13, 2010 | Paul Buckley | 222901939
AgigA Tech Inc., a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has received multiple safety and compliance certifications have been granted for their family of intelligent battery-free energy modules.

Among the approvals received are compliance to UL 60950-1 (Underwriters Laboratories), CSA C22.2 No. 60950-01-07 (CSA International), and CB Certification to IEC 60950-01 and/or EN 609050-1. These certifications include Energy Hazard Testing, and are a critical step in ensuring a safe and reliable product when deployed into production. The PowerGEM (Green Energy Module) energy modules uses ultracapacitors to provide temporary power for AgigA Tech's AGIGARAM DDR2 and DDR3 Non-Volatile (NV) Memory Systems in the event of a system power loss.

The PowerGEM modules allow designers to avoid problems of battery-powered energy sources, including environmental impact, increased design complexity, maintenance and conditioning, shipping/storage/disposal overhead, short operating life, and a high total cost of ownership. PowerGEM, when paired with an AGIGARAM NV memory module, provides a complete secure and reliable non-volatile memory subsystem for mission critical data.

When used as a write cache in enterprise-class applications, AGIGARAM provides a performance-boosting building block while guarding against power failures and data loss. In addition to providing power, PowerGEM manages the charging/discharging, cycling, wear-monitoring and other module details to insure long life and high reliability. The entire AGIGARAM Non-Volatile System (NVS) implements the AGIGASAFE control protocol, a simple-to-use host-controlled I2C programming interface developed by AgigA Tech that ensures safe, reliable, secure operation at the system level. This protocol allows fine control over internal system functions such as managing the NAND Flash while providing precise health monitoring and tracking. The complex system-readiness system has also been reduced to a single "Good To Go" (or GTG) signal.


The AGIGA900x family of PowerGEM modules is currently in production with samples available to qualified customers.

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