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Atmel Introduces AM/FM Antenna Impedance Matching IC Enabling Outstanding Car-radio Reception with any Kind of Active Car Antenna.

HEILBRONN, Germany, June 12 /PRNewswire/ --

Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced today the availability of the highly integrated AM/FM antenna amplifier IC ATR4251, which enables outstanding AM/FM car-radio reception when used with designer antennas, such as windshield, roof, or bumper antennas. The ATR4251's impedance matching amplifier helps to compensate for signal losses resulting from the smaller dimensions of modern antennas and the longer cables to the car radio.

The ATR4251 IC enables crystal-clear reception without distortion even under the extremely difficult and rapidly fluctuating field strength conditions typically found in moving antenna systems due to its highly dynamic AM and FM range. This high reception quality is due to the balance of an AM gain value of up to 35 dB, a large-signal behaviour both in AM and FM mode (e.g., IP3 148 dBuV in FM), and a good noise behavior, optimized for antenna applications.

A separate low noise amplifier (LNA) for FM and a buffer amplifier for AM are used to address the different operating frequencies and requirements of both AM and FM. The AM amplifier covers the entire broadcasting frequency range from 150 kHz up to 30 MHz which includes modern DRM systems. The FM LNA handles the frequency range from 70 MHz to 166 MHz, which includes weather band and HD Radio in the US.

The automatic AM and FM gain control (AGC) enable independent AM and FM adjustment to prevent overdriving of amplifiers under large-signal conditions. In addition, the use of two separate AGC circuits stops strong AM signals from blocking FM stations, and vice versa.

"Car radio antennas are increasingly seen as an intrinsic element of car design," stated Carsten Friedrich, Marketing Manager Broadcast Radio at Atmel. "The ATR4251, without compromising on reception performance of car radios, directly addresses this challenging antenna design trend."

Availability and Pricing

Samples of the ATR4251 are now available in SSO and QFN packages with pricing starting at US $0.60 for 100k piece quantities. Reference design demo boards are also available.

 AGC = Automatic Gain Control
 AM = Amplitude Modulation
 LNA = Low Noise Amplifier
 DRM = Digital Radio Mondiale(TM)
 FM = Frequency Modulation

About Atmel

Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, 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 consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets.

Atmel(R), logo and combinations thereof and others are registered trademarks or trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.


Product information on Atmel's highly integrated AM/FM antenna amplifier IC ATR4251may be retrieved at:

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