Atmel's AVR Microcontroller Ships 500 Million Units

The Industry Leader in 8-bit Flash Microcontroller Shipments Becomes Largest

Supplier of Development Tools

Mar 31, 2004, 00:00 ET from Atmel Corporation

    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.
     About Atmel
     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.
     NOTE:  Atmel(R) and combinations thereof, AVR(R) and AVR Studio(R) are the
 registered trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms
 and product names may be the trademarks of others.
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