The AT21CS11 from Microchip Technology is a serial EEPROM device that only uses a single-wire bus interface. Each AT21CS11 contains both a preprogrammed unique serial number and five EEPROM memory sections. Different portions of the memory sections can be permanently locked by the end-equipment manufacturer to allow tracking of products and identifying attachments to assist with counterfeit prevention. The EEPROM device is ideal for customers who need to warranty their product or prevent counterfeits and ensure proper continued operation of their goods through authorized replacements.
The device connects to a system through a single input/output (SI/O) wire that serves as both the communication and the power supply to the part. Needing only one wire and a ground allows makers of fiber to the home (FTTH) cable ends to add critical cable characteristic parameters to different cable types. The SI/O wire also enables a simple two-point mechanical snap-in or twist-on connector for disposable devices where larger three-, five-, or eight-wire solutions become impractical. By locating the EEPROM in a detachable cable or cartridge, manufacturers can create attachments that can be easily identified or authenticated. The device has 1 Kbit of EEPROM memory (four sectors of 256 bits each), a 64-bit serial number, and 128-bits for extra user-programmable tracking memory. The extra memory allows designers to add unique identification and operating parameters, such as consumption and usage information, in locations that can be remote from the main electronics. The new device extends the operating voltage to 4.5 V making it suitable for lithium-ion battery-powered devices such as disposable medical devices and e-cigarettes.