Atmel Rolls Out Highly Integrated SiP Device for Automotive LIN Networking Applications

Committed to the automotive industry for over 25 years, Atmel brings the combination of LIN SBC and 32k AVR® IC in a Single Package to Reduce Overall Cost and Board Space

Oct 19, 2010, 08:00 ET from Atmel Corporation

DETROIT, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SAE Convergence Conference -- Today at SAE Convergence 2010, Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, introduced a new System-in-Package (SiP) solution for LIN automotive networking applications. As a committed supplier to the automotive industry, the ATA6614 solution is an extension of the existing Atmel LIN SiP family with maximum integration. The new family member combines the Atmel LIN System Basis Chip (SBC) ATA6630 including a LIN transceiver and 5V voltage regulator, and the Atmel ATmega328P with 32k Flash memory in a single package. With this highly integrated solution, customers can create complete LIN nodes using just one IC.

The new LIN SiP is based on the Atmel third-generation LIN intellectual property with significantly improved EMC (electro-magnetic compatibility) and ESD (electronic static discharge) performance, conforming to the latest car manufacturer requirements. It is optimized for low-cost LIN slave applications and enables system cost reductions of up to 25 percent.

The LIN SiP is fully compatible with the Atmel flexible QTouch® library solution to allow button, slider and wheel touch applications to be implemented with the same device which communicates these touches, using available LIN protocol stacks over the LIN network.

"This new family features the industry's lowest power LIN wake-up management and advanced AVR microcontrollers which use Atmel picoPower® technology. Power consumption of competing solutions can be up to 10 times higher than the new Atmel SiP family," said Dr. Stephan Hartmann, LIN Marketing Manager at Atmel Corporation.

"This family is also suitable for automotive body electronics applications such as door modules, seat control or intelligent sensors, and automotive touch applications," Hartmann continued.

The Atmel ATA6614 extends the flash memory range of the current SiP family, offering a simple upgrade from the ATA6613 where the application requires more than 16k Flash memory. Due to the extremely small QFN48 package of only 7 mm x 7 mm, designers can save more than 50 percent of the printed circuit board size compared to conventional solutions.

To view a demonstration of these products or to learn more about the company's commitment to the automotive industry, visit the Atmel Booth #619 at SAE Convergence 2010.

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Availability, Pricing and Photo

Samples of the new LIN IC ATA6614 are now available in small QFN48 packages. Pricing starts at US $1.89 for 10k-piece quantities. Various cost-effective tools are also available to support designers with the development of LIN networks. A development board enables a quick start with the IC and allows prototyping and testing of new designs. Certified LIN 2.0 and 2.1 protocol stacks are also available from leading suppliers.

To download a photo of the Atmel ATA6614, please click the following link: www.atmel.com/pressroom/photos/ata6614.jpg.

About Atmel

Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.

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Information:

More information on the Atmel LIN ATA6614 devices is available at: http://www.atmel.com/dyn/products/product_card.asp?part_id=5006

Press Contacts:

Dr. Susanne van Clewe, Marcom Director Automotive

Phone: +49 7131 67-2081, Email: susanne.van-clewe@atmel.com

Agnes Toan, Public Relations Manager

Tel: (+1) (408) 487-2963, Email: agnes.toan@atmel.com

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