Atmel Introduces New Family of Cortex-A5 Processor-Based MPUs For Embedded Industrial and Consumer Applications

  Atmel Introduces New Family of Cortex-A5 Processor-Based MPUs For Embedded
                     Industrial and Consumer Applications

Delivering 850DMIPS, Lower Power Consumption, Under 200mW in Active Mode, and
Robust Security Features, SAMA5D3 Series Are Backed by Rich Peripherals and
Easy-to-use Design Tools

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 4, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel^® Corporation (NASDAQ:
ATML), a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, today
announced it is shipping production quantities of the Atmel SAMA5D3 series,
its highest performance, low-power microprocessor units (MPUs) based on the
ARM^® Cortex™-A5 core. The new SAMA5D3 series is designed for embedded
applications in the industrial space, including factory and building
automation, smart grid, medical and handheld terminals, along with consumer
applications such as smart watches, outdoor GPS, DECT (digital enhanced
cordless telecommunications) phones.


For industrial applications in particular, there is an ongoing requirement for
higher processing power and faster connectivity. In the consumer space,
battery-powered applications and wearable products are driving the
requirements for lower power consumption, while smartphone and tablets are
setting new, more advanced standards for user interfaces as the shift moves
beyond mobile to home automation and control panels for white goods. In both
market segments, security threats such as hacking and cloning are growing
concerns. Finally, regardless of the application area, all designers are under
pressure to shorten their design cycles with smaller development teams.

Understanding these demands, Atmel has developed the new series of SAMA5D3
MPUs using a 65nm low-power process technology to deliver up to 850DMIPS at
536MHz while offering 1328MB/s at 166MHz bus speed. The floating point unit
(FPU) also provides additional high-precision processing power for image,
audio and sensor data. The SAMA5D3 series delivers market-leading low-power
consumption under 200mW in active mode at maximum speed and below 0.5mW in
low-power mode when retaining context and offering fast wake-up. All these
features make the SAMA5D3 series ideal for high-performance industrial
applications requiring high-precision computing and low power, including
interfaces, control panels, networking, gateways, programmable logic
controllers, barcode scanners or printers, terminals and battery-operated

Rich Peripherals. To serve a broad range of applications, the Atmel SAMA5D3
series embeds a comprehensive peripheral set. This includes a dual Ethernet
port (one Gigabit), 3x high-speed USB ports, dual CAN, TFT LCD controller with
graphics accelerator for image composition, camera interface, SDIO/SD/MMC,
UARTs, SPIs, TWIs, soft modem, 12-bit ADC and 32-bit timers. Shipping in a
324-ball BGA package, the four versions with a different peripheral mix are
available to best match the end system requirements. The powerful peripherals
in the devices enable connectivity and user interface applications for home
and commercial building automation, smart grid, point of sale, medical and
other industrial applications.

Security. The SAMA5D3 series also integrates state-of-the-art security
capabilities that address piracy, counterfeiting and other risks. With a
secure boot loader, the SAMA5D3 ensures the integrity and authenticity of the
program stored in the boot memory, protecting customers against cloning. The
series also includes a hardware encryption engine with Advanced Encryption
Standard (AES), Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) and Secure Hash
Algorithm (SHA) support to encrypt/decrypt data or communications while a true
random number generator (TRNG) can be used to generate or diversify unique

Easy-to-Use, Easy Migration. A large majority of Cortex-A core-based devices
on the market today are very complex to use. Atmel has leveraged the success
of the preceding SAM9 series and architected the SAMA5D3 series for ultra
ease-of-use including power management at minimal system cost, from a hardware
and software perspective. By maximizing software reuse, the SAMA5D3 series
provides an easy migration path for Atmel SAM9 customers requiring more

Reduced System Cost. To lower overall system cost, the devices feature a
simple power management scheme and includes over three embedded USB ports,
eliminating the costs of an external USB hub. The impedance control on the DDR
IOS eliminates the need for external serial resistors, and the 0.8mm pitch
package supports a simpler and lower cost PCB design.

Ecosystem. Designers can access free Atmel Linux distributions at, and a free Android 4.0 port will be available in March at A C-language software package (softpack) is
available for non-operating system (OS) use. There is also a worldwide
ecosystem of industry-leading suppliers for development tools, OS, protocol
stacks, along with system-on-modules and kits. More information available on
our eco-system suppliers.

"With so many vertical applications in the industrial sector, it's important
to offer the right mix of MPUs to satisfy every customer's requirements," said
Jacko Wilbrink, Sr. Director of ARM Products, Atmel Corporation. "Our new
Cortex-A5 processor-based devices address all these requirements, from
battery-operated wearable products to high-performance applications requiring
high-precision processing and secure connection to the Internet. We'll
continue to grow our ARM portfolio, developing new state-of-the-art products
to meet the unique design criteria of a broad range of customers."

"The launch of the Atmel next-generation MPUs, based on the Cortex-A5
processor, extends the company's strong support for the ARM architecture,"
said Gary Atkinson, Director, Embedded Segment, ARM. "These products enable
industrial designers to select an ARM processor-based chip with low power
consumption and robust security, supported by easy-to-use design tools. We are
pleased that Atmel continues to bring solutions to market that utilize the ARM
architecture and help designers create a wide range of exciting new products
for consumers."

SAMA5D3 Evaluation Kits
Designers can start prototyping their designs with the SAMA5D3 evaluation
kits. There is one kit per SAMA5D3 derivative. A kit is delivered with a Linux
demonstration software and a graphical user interface (GUI) based on Qt. The
softpack is also compatible with the evaluation kit.

Availability and Pricing
The Atmel SAMA5D3 is shipping in a 324-ball BGA package and is in mass
production now. Pricing starts below USD $7.00 for 1,000-piece quantities.

More Information
Atmel ARM Solutions:
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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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