Atmel Extends the AVR picoPower Product Range with Four New 32-pin MCUs

San Jose, CA, July 19, 2007 Atmel Corporation announced today a new family of 32-pin picoPower™ AVR® microcontrollers. The ATmega48P/88P/168P/328P devices have 4, 8, 16 and 32 Kbytes of Flash memory, respectively. These devices consume as little as 340 uA in active mode at 1.8V running from the internal RC oscillator at 1 MHz, 650 nA in power-save mode with real time counter running, and 100 nA in power-down mode. picoPower AVRs are pin-, performance-, and code-compatible with existing AVR microcontrollers.

Atmel's industry leading picoPower technology will assist the IC engineer by eliminating unnecessary power consumption in sleep modes. These include an ultra-low-power 32 kHz crystal oscillator, automatic disabling and re-enabling of brown-out detection, (sleeping BOD) circuitry during sleep modes, a power reduction register (PRR) that completely powers down individual peripherals, and digital input disable registers that removes leakage on ADC input pins. picoPower AVRs are ideally suited for low power applications and adds years to the battery life for applications that spend the majority of their time in sleep modes.

The ATmega48P/88P/168P/328P microcontrollers operate from 1.8 to 5.5 volts and feature a 10-bit ADC, USART, SPI, 2-wire interface, internal temperature sensor, and have up to 20 MIPS throughput at 20 MHz. Similar to other AVR microcontrollers, the ATmega48P/88P/168P/328P features an on-chip debug system for easy, fast, and robust development.

AVR picoPower microcontrollers use the standard AVR microcontroller development tools. The AVR Studio® integrated development environment is available free of charge on Atmel's web site.Samples for the ATmega88P and ATmega168P are available now in QFN32 and TQFP32 packages. Samples for the ATmega48P will be available in August 2007 and the ATmega328P will be available in 4Q/07, respectively.Volume prices for 10k units are US $1.18 for the ATmega48P, US $1.65 for the ATmega88P, US $2.00 for the ATmega168P and US $2.65 for the ATmega328P, respectively.

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