San Jose, CA /PRNewswire/ - Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, today announced the company is expanding its broad wireless product portfolio with a new family of solutions targeting the Internet of Things. The new SmartConnect family combines Atmel's ultra-low power MCUs with its wireless solutions and complementary software into a single package, allowing designers to easily add wireless connectivity to any embedded system without sacrificing design time. This family includes Atmel's SmartConnect Wi-Fi modules, an integration of the company's ultra-low power Wi-Fi System-on-Chip with a Cortex M0+ ARM-based MCU, and the SmartConnect ZigBee SAM R21, a single-chip integrating Atmel's ultra-low power ZigBee solution with a Cortex-M0+-based MCU.
SmartConnect solutions accelerate the development time for cost-effective, battery-operated applications in the residential, healthcare, industrial, smart energy and wearable markets.
The new SmartConnect family integrates Atmel's ultra-low power Wi-Fi and 802.15.4 solutions with a low-power Atmel ARM® Cortex® M0+-based MCU. Atmel's Wi-Fi solutions deliver industry-leading low-power consumption and are the leading market solution for power-constraint applications such as remote controls. Atmel also has a long history of providing ultra-low power wireless connectivity for sophisticated applications that are IEEE 802.15.4-compliant, IPv6/6LoWPAN-based and ZigBee®-certified for nearly a decade. Atmel's broad portfolio of wireless products combine the company's rich family of RF transceivers with 8- or 32-bit AVR®, or an ARM-based MCU.
"Ultra-low power wireless connectivity is critical for embedded applications in the era of the Internet of Things," said Reza Kazerounian, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Microcontroller Business Unit, Atmel Corporation. "Atmel's SmartConnect technology is about simplifying the use of embedded wireless connectivity technologies and enabling users to accelerate their time-to-market. This simplicity allows all players to participate in the IoT market, fueling the innovation needed to accelerate adoption."
"With over 50 billion devices predicted to be connected by 2020, it's important for embedded companies to provide an ultra-low power turnkey solution that brings a complex mix of embedded and connectivity technologies in a single package," said Greg Potter, Analyst, SNL Kagan MRG. "Atmel's new SmartConnect family does just that by coupling ultra-low power MCUs with Wi-Fi and ZigBee connectivity into a single package. The company's breadth of easy-to-use IoT solutions, ranging from embedded processing to connectivity and software/tools, will enable more designers to bring their connected devices to market."
More Information about Atmel's SmartConnect Family
Pricing and Availability for SAM R21 Series
Atmel is sampling the ATSAM R21 series to select customers now. Public sampling will be available the end of March with production quantities available in July 2014.
Pricing for the SAM R21 starts at USD $2.75 in 10,000-piece quantities.
More Atmel Information
Atmel Wireless MCUs: http://www.atmel.com/products/wireless/zigbee/default.aspx
Atmel Wi-Fi Solutions: http://www.atmel.com/products/wireless/wifi/default.aspx
Atmel YouTube Channel: www.atmel.com/youtube
Embedded Design Blog: www.atmelcorporation.wordpress.com
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