Interfacing DRAM M5M44800 Memory with AVR AT90S8515

  
Is it possible to use DRAM with microcontroller AVR? Yes, it is possible. Jesperh has proved it. He hooked up a DRAM to a small processor (in this case an Microcontroller Atmel 8515), and handle the RAS/CAS sequencing and refresh in software. The type of DRAM is Hitatchi M5M44800, a 512k*8 DRAM!. Bigger than the original memory of microcontroller AT90S8515 that is 512 byte RAM. The project use C to programm it. The chip required small power consumption, only takes about 2-3 mA when just refreshing and with a low access rate.

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But, the consequency is it will be relatively slow and put some extra load on the CPU, but if you need a cheap, large RAM memory and can accept the overhead, this is the way to go. But, with more bigger memory you get. It would not to bad to try isn't.



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