Atmel Unveils 32-bit Microcontroller Platform Setting a New Low-power Standard For IoT Applications

New Atmel |SMART MCU Platform Consumes One-third the Power of Existing Competitive Solutions for Internet of Things

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 11, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —   Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, today announced the company has reached a new low-power standard for ARM® Cortex®-M0+ -based MCUs with power consumption down to 40 µA/MHz in active mode and 200nA in sleep mode. In addition to ultra-low power, the new platform features full-speed USB host and device, Event System and Sleepwalking,12-bit analog, AES, capacitive touch sensing and much more. With billions of devices predicted for the Internet of Things (IoT) market by 2020, there is a need for lower power MCUs that will power these applications without adding load to utility grids or requiring frequent battery changes. Atmel's latest Atmel | SMART platform is designed specifically for these applications, expanding battery life from years to decades.

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Consuming just one-third the power of comparable products in the market today, the new low-power SAM L21 family is the first on the new platform expanding the Atmel | SMART 32-bit ARM-based products using Atmel's proprietary picoPower® technology. The platform will be demonstrated at Electronica in Munich, Germany, November 11-14.

While running the EEMBC® CoreMark® benchmark, Atmel's SAM L21 family delivers ultra-low power running down to 40 µA/MHz in active mode, consuming less than 900nA with full 32kB RAM retention and real-time clock and calendar, and 200nA in the deepest sleep mode. With rapid wake-up times, Event System, Sleepwalking and the innovative picoPower peripherals, the SAM L21 ultra-low power family is ideal for handheld and battery-operated devices in a variety of markets including IoT, consumer, industrial and portable medical applications.

Architectural innovations in the new platform enables low-power peripherals including timers, serial communications and capacitive touch sensing to remain powered and running while the rest of the system is in a lower power mode, further reducing power consumption for many always-on applications.

"The Atmel SAM L21 family has amazingly low current consumption ratings for both the active and sleep mode operation which will be a great benefit in targeting the growing battery-powered device market," said Markus Levy, president and co-founder, EEMBC. "With billions of devices to be brought to market during the era of the Internet of Things, designers can utilize Atmel's ultra-low power SAM L family to ensure an increased life in these battery-powered devices. To instantiate this power data from Atmel, I'm looking forward to seeing the results from this new platform running our newly established ULPBench, aimed at the ultra-low power microcontroller industry."

"Atmel is committed to providing the industry's lowest power technologies for the rapidly growing IoT market and beyond for battery-powered devices," said Reza Kazerounian, sr. vice president and general manager, microcontroller business unit, Atmel Corporation. "Developers for IoT edge nodes are no longer just interested in expanding the life of a battery to one year, but are looking for technologies that will increase the life of a battery to a decade or longer. Doing just that, the new 32-bit MCU platform in the Atmel | SMART family integrating our proprietary picoPower technologies are the perfect MCUs for IoT edge nodes."

Pricing and Availability                                                                        

Engineering samples of the SAM L21, along with development tools and datasheet will be available in February 2015. Atmel will be demonstrating the SAM L21 in Hall A5 Booth 542 at the Electronica Conference in Munich, Germany, November 11-14.

More Information
Atmel | SMART family: http://www.atmel.com/products/microcontrollers/arm/default.aspx
Atmel picoPower technology: http://www.atmel.com/technologies/lowpower/default.aspx
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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 intelligent and connected solutions focused on the industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.

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