SAN JOSE, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:
ATML) announced today that it has shipped its 500 Millionth AVR(R) Flash
Microcontroller. Atmel introduced the AVR 8-bit Microcontroller Architecture
in 1997. Over the past six years, the AVR has become the industry's largest
selling 8-bit Flash Microcontroller with a market share of over 30 percent.
"At the time of introduction, the AVR was the first new 8-bit Architecture
introduced in the marketplace in 15 years. This revolutionary machine offers
designers high performance, low power consumption and dense code. The
combination of these features plus the ability to deliver on chip Flash
Program Memory at One Time Programmable (OTP) prices made the AVR an instant
success," said Graham Turner, Vice President and General Manager, Atmel
Microcontroller Business Unit. "Atmel has a major commitment to growing the
breadth and depth of the AVR product portfolio. There are seven design and
development locations in the United States and Europe delivering AVR based
standard and application specific products to customers worldwide, he added.
The AVR is well supported with evaluation and debug tools supplied by Atmel or
third party tool partners. In 2003 Atmel became the industry's largest
supplier of 8-bit development tools shipping 43,000 development systems to
The AVR 8-bit Microcontroller is based on a RISC architecture with 130
easy to learn instructions. There is code compatibility across the entire
product family, so unlike other 8-bit Architectures, there is no need to learn
a new instruction set or convert code when migrating to an device with a
different program density, peripheral options or package type.
AVR Studio(R), the Architectural Simulator, can be downloaded from the
Atmel web site at no charge. Designers can use this tool to evaluate the
Architecture. Additionally, AVR Studio is the front end and human interface
for all starter kits and in-circuit-emulators. The AVR is housed in through
hole and surface mount packages including the very small Micro Lead Frame chip
scale package. Devices are ranging from with 8 to 64 leads with Flash program
memory density of 1KB to 128KB. All new AVR devices are manufactured on a
revolutionary process technology, which delivers low- power, low-voltage
devices that operate from 1.8 to 5V with a clock frequency of up to 24 MHz.
The AVR product portfolio consists of 58 devices. Atmel plans to introduce
two new parts per month in 2004 covering a range of application specific areas
such as USB, Wireless remote control and security. The USB controller family
features the industry's only configurable low/high speed USB controller
supporting 5 end points. The AVR wireless activities include a SmartRF
processor, which combines the AVR with a high performance RF transmitter
operating at 230-460 MHz.
The 32-pin Mega AVR(R) family was expanded to include new low power 4, 8
and 16 K byte versions. This family uses a new one-wire debug interface called
debug wire, which uses the reset line for electrical connection. This means
the designer does not have to sacrifice I/O capability to take advantage of
the on-chip-debug system.
Later this month we will begin sampling the first AVR with a CAN
controller integrated on chip. This device has 15 message objects and will
expand our product offering in the industrial and automotive segments.
Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose,
California with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel
designs, manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed signal,
nonvolatile memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of
system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMos, SiGe, and
high voltage BCDMOS process technologies.
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