Atmel Introduces picoPower tinyAVR Microcontrollers for Battery-based and Cost-sensitive Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) announced today two new low power 32-pin tinyAVR(R) microcontrollers, the ATtiny48 and ATtiny88 devices which have 4- and 8-Kbytes of Flash memory, respectively. These AVR(R) microcontrollers consume less than 240 uA at 1.8V and 1 MHz, and below 100 nA in power-down mode and are especially suited for portable and power sensitive systems such as remote control, accessories and small appliances.

The new tinyAVR microcontrollers utilize Atmel's industry leading picoPower(TM) technology that eliminates unnecessary power consumption. They have a zero power brown-out detection circuitry that can be turned off during sleep modes, a power reduction register that powers down individual peripherals, and digital input disable registers that remove leakage current on ADC input pins.

The ATtiny48/88 operates from 1.8 to 5.5 volts and features a 10-bit ADC, SPI, I2C interface, internal temperature sensor, and have up to 12 MIPS throughput at 12 MHz. Like all the other AVR microcontrollers, the ATtiny48/88 features an on-chip debug system for easy, fast, and robust development.

"Atmel's successful picoPower megaAVR(R) devices offer the best-in-class power saving features and performance. The ATtiny48/88 is now extending the reach, offering an affordable solution for applications that require very low power consumption and are very cost sensitive. Our customers in the consumer electronics market want to develop products that consume less and less power, and the new ATtiny48/88 are a perfect fit," said Jukka Eskelinen, Director of tinyAVR Product Marketing.

All tinyAVR microcontrollers use the standard AVR microcontroller development tools. The AVR Studio(R) AVR integrated development environment is available free of charge on Atmel's web site.

Availability and Pricing

Samples for the ATtiny48 are available now, the ATtiny88 will be available in 3Q2008 in the following packages QFN32, QFN28, TQFP32 and PDIP28. Volume prices for 10k units are USD $0.80 for the ATtiny48 and USD $1.04 for the ATtiny88.

About Atmel

Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, 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 consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets.

(C) 2008 Atmel Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Atmel(R), logo and combinations thereof, AVR(R), tinyAVR(R), megaAVR(R) and others, are registered trademarks, picoPower(TM) and others are trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.

Information:

Atmel's AVR product information is available at http://www.atmel.com/products/AVR

     Atmel Press Contacts:
     Philippe Faure, Marketing Communications Director - Microcontrollers
     Tel: +33 2 40 18 18 87, Email: philippe.faure@atmel.com

     Helen Perlegos, Public Relations
     Tel: +1 (408) 487-2963, Email:  hperlegos@atmel.com

Web site: http://www.atmel.com/products/AVR/




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