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Atmel Corporation

Wed, 04/18/2001 - 9:19am
Atmel Corporation, founded in 1984 is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of advanced semiconductors, including non-volatile memories, programmable logic, microcontrollers, mixed signal and radio frequency (RF) integrated circuits.

Atmel is a pre-eminent supplier of System on Chip (SOC) solutions, enabling its customers to lead the markets they serve with electronic products that are smaller, less expensive and offering more features than ever before. Atmel is one of the few elite companies capable of integrating non-volatile memory, logic and analog functions on a single chip.

Atmel products are manufactured using the most advanced wafer processes, including CMOS, BiCMOS, Silicon Geranium (SiGe) and high voltage BCDMOS technologies. In fact, Atmel is one of the first company's in the world to offer SiGe, a new technology that brings significant performance improvements and power savings in a cost effective manner to meet the performance requirements of RF wireless communications markets including Bluetooth, LAN, and cellular communications.

Atmel is a multi-national company with worldwide revenue of over $2 Billion in 2000, balanced between America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered in San Jose, California, the company employs over 8000 people worldwide. Atmel operates seven wafer fabrication facilities in the United States and Europe including three 8-inch, 0.18 micron plants in Irving, Texas, Rousset, France and Tynesicle in England. Atmel ships over 7 million units per day for use in a wide range of communications, networking, consumer, computer and industrial applications.

Atmel provides its customers with system level integration (SLI) solutions using three different product offerings. First, Atmel and the customer using the customer's unique specification, jointly design an Application Specific ICs (ASIC). Secondly, Application Specific Standard Products (ASSPs) are designed by Atmel to fill a particular function for many different customers. Standard products which are made up of a combination of memory, microcontroller and logic. A good example of a standard product is the recently introduced FPSLIC product family. This provides the design engineer with a single chip containing up to 40,000 gates of programmable logic, an AVR 8-bit RISC microcontroller and various combinations of memory. This, together with software tools, allows the engineer to truly develop and verify SOC designs using a standard PC and software tools. Atmel has a wealth of Intellectual property (IP) and pre-designed cores, which are used to design and build the SLI and ASSP products in the fastest and most effective manner.

Atmel ASSP products find their way into many markets including secure memories and crypto-controllers, which serve the Smart Card and secure transaction marketplace, Atmel is the third largest manufacturer of e-security ICs in the world. Atmel also produces an innovative new biometric sensor called Fingerchip™. This is the smallest single chip finger print sensor currently available and is ideal for a wide range of applications including ATM, car/door entry, and electronic appliance security or among others, cellular phones, PDAs and computers. Other ASSP products are used in Voice-over-iP (VoiP), USB Functions, cable modems, wireless LAN and cellular applications including GSM and CDMA.

Atmel introduced the industry's first Flash memory based microcontroller and is currently the number one manufacturer of in-system programmable flash microcontrollers in the world. The company has the industry's widest selection of flash microcontrollers, which are based ion the 80C51, AVR 8-bit RISC and ARM 16/32-bit microcontroller cores and currently has versions with up to 1 Mb of on-board flash memory.

The core of Atmel's business is in non-volatile memories and the company has pioneered the development of low-voltage non-volatile memory. Atmel produces several different types of memory including Flash, EPROM, EEPROM and Serials and is one of the top three suppliers in the world.

Other products in the company's portfolio include megapixel camera chips, ICs for sound synthesis, Complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs), Mass storage, USB and DSP products.

From mobile communications and smart appliances to digital TV's and the wireless Internet, Atmel chips are the heart and sole of the latest electronic products that help to accomplish more at work, enjoy greater convenience at home and keep you in touch wherever you go. Atmel is leveraging its global manufacturing capacity, leading edge technologies and world class design expertise to make transactions more secure, communications more flexible, business more efficient and leisure time more enjoyable.

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