Atmel Acquires IDT's Smart Metering Product Line To Broaden Smart Energy Portfolio

   Atmel Acquires IDT's Smart Metering Product Line To Broaden Smart Energy

Acquisition Completes Atmel Smart Energy Portfolio From the Analog Front-end
to the Processor and Communications Stack

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 7, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Atmel^® Corporation (NASDAQ:
ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, today
announced that it has completed the acquisition of Integrated Device
Technology's (NASDAQ: IDTI) smart metering IC product lines and technologies,
further enhancing Atmel's smart energy product portfolio. Terms of the
transaction were not disclosed.


The acquisition includes IDT's Metrology Analog Front End (AFE) and
System-On-Chip (SoC) devices for single- and poly-phase energy meters. The
smart metering IC product line offers best-in-class single- and poly-phase
measurement accuracy with better than 0.1 percent accuracy over 5000:1 dynamic
range and complements the existing family of Atmel smart metering offerings.
Atmel's smart metering portfolio includes the world's first single-chip power
line communications (PLC)-based solution targeting the rapidly growing PRIME
smart metering market.

"Smart energy is a key focus for Atmel and we are delighted that we have been
able to expand our smart energy solutions portfolio with this acquisition,"
stated Steve Laub, President and CEO, Atmel Corporation. "By offering a
broader, more integrated product portfolio, existing IDT and Atmel customers
now have access to a more complete and compelling suite of smart energy
solutions that will enable a wider range of applications."

According to market research firm Pike Research, annual smart grid revenue
will grow to $73 billion by 2020, a compound annual growth rate of over 10


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,Atmelis able to provide the electronics industry with
complete system solutions focused on industrial, consumer, communications,
computing and automotive markets.

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