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Atmel Announces New ARM Cortex-M0+ Microcontroller Family, Leveraging Two Decades of Microcontroller Leadership



  Atmel Announces New ARM Cortex-M0+ Microcontroller Family, Leveraging Two
                    Decades of Microcontroller Leadership

Integrating Easy-to-Use Rich Peripherals, LCD Controller and USB to Provide
Designers with Flexible, Ultra-low Power, High-Performance Solutions, Atmel
SAM D20 Family Targets Automation, Consumer, Metering, and Industrial
Applications

Bosch Sensortec Among First Adopters of the New Atmel Device

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 17, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel ^ Corporation (NASDAQ:
ATML), a global leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch solutions, today
announced the new Atmel^® SAM D20, the first series in a new family of
embedded Flash microcontrollers based on the ARM^® Cortex™-M0+ processor core
and designed ideally for home automation, consumer, smart metering and
industrial applications.

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Leveraging two decades of microcontroller experience and success with the
company's easy-to-use AVR- and ARM-based products, the new series combines
innovative and proven technologies including intelligent peripherals with
Atmel's Event System and capacitive touch support for button, slider and wheel
capability and proximity sensing. The new SAM D20 series is also supported by
the latest version of Atmel Studio and Atmel Software Framework, the
integrated development platform for developing and debugging Atmel ARM
Cortex-M and Atmel AVR^® MCU- based applications.

Bosch Sensortec GmbH is among the first adopters of the new Atmel SAM D20
device. "Customers for our next-generation self-contained 9-axis absolute
orientation sensor (BNO055) will benefit from the same high performance with
lower power consumption. Atmel's SAM D20 device optimizes Bosch Sensortec's
sensor fusion software at a level that was not previously possible," said Dr.
Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO and General Manager, Bosch Sensortec GmbH, a global
provider of micro-mechanical sensors for the consumer electronics market.

"Atmel's global leadership in MCUs and its partnership with ARM has enabled
the company to launch its Cortex-M0+ ARM-based family," said Reza Kazerounian,
Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Microcontroller Business Unit, Atmel
Corporation. "In this era of the Internet of Things, MCUs, such as the SAM
D20, are at the heart of every smart, connected device. Our SAM D20 family
adds to our broad MCU portfolio, ranging from our industry-leading 8-bit AVR
MCUs to our high-end Cortex-A5 MPUs. All our MCUs include unique peripheral
sets, ultra-low power consumption, a complete integrated development platform,
and easy-to-use development kits so designers can bring their products quickly
to market."

Key Features of the Atmel SAM D20 Series
Atmel's SAM D20 Cortex-M0+ ARM-based series integrates several popular
features including high-precision 12-bit analog and internal oscillators, up
to eight 16-bit timer/counters, real-time performance, peripheral event
system, and flexible clocking options and sleep modes. 

The new devices also include a serial communication module (SERCOM module)
that can be configured from the application to act as an USART, UART, SPI and
I2C; each device in this new family includes four to six SERCOM modules. The
new  devices are also designed for a simple and intuitive migration between
devices with identical peripheral modules, hex compatible code, pin compatible
migration paths, and a linear address map.

The family supports button, slider and wheel touch capability as well as
proximity without the need for external components, and features 14 new
devices available in 32-, 48- and 64-pin package options with 16 to 256KB of
Flash memory.

Evaluation Kit
To accelerate design, the SAM D20 Xplained PRO evaluation kits are available
today for USD $39. The kit features a 64-pin, 256KB SAM D20 device along with
a programmer/debugger and hardware to evaluate both the processor and the
peripherals. The Xplained [ ]PRO kit also comes pre-loaded with software that
can easily be re-programmed, debugged and prototyped without any additional
tools. To purchase a kit, visit the Atmel Store.

Pricing and Availability
Atmel is working with alpha customers that will go into volume production
shortly. Samples of 128KB 32-pin, and 256KB 48-and 64 pin products are
available in QFN and QFP packages now. Pricing starts at $1.02 USD for 1K
units of the 16KB 32-pin QFN package.

More Information
Atmel's SAM D20 Cortex-M0+ MCU Family: www.atmel.com/microsite/samd20
Atmel ARM-based products: http://www.atmel.com/arm/default.aspx
Atmel YouTube Channel: www.atmel.com/youtube
Embedded Design Blog: www.atmelcorporation.wordpress.com
Twitter: www.atmel.com/twitter
LinkedIn: www.atmel.com/linkedin
Facebook: www.atmel.com/facebook

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.

© 2013 Atmel Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Atmel®, Atmel logo and
combinations thereof and others are registered trademarks or trademarks of
Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. ARM^® and Cortex™ are trademarks of ARM
Ltd. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.

Press Contact:

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

SOURCE Atmel Corporation

Website: http://www.atmel.com
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