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Atmel Introduces High-Speed, Low-Voltage ASIC Products

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced today that it has developed a new high-speed, low-power, 0.5-micron wafer fabrication process that allows development of performance-enhanced gate arrays and cell-based integrated circuits (CBIC). First products are expected in the fourth quarter of 1996.

"Atmel is one of the few manufacturers that provides application specific integrated circuits at both the gate and the cell level," explained Russ Knab, the Company's director of digital ASIC products. "We can provide system-level integration for digital and mixed signal applications, and offer our customers industry-leading speeds with high densities at low voltages," he added.

The gate arrays to be made with this new process are the 16-device family, the ATL50 Series. These devices are targeted for digital applications and embedded arrays. This series offers arrays ranging from 4,000 to 1.1 million gates with pin counts from 44 pins to 480 pins. The voltage requirement is 3.3 volts. Additionally, circuits in this series have the ability to operate in a mixed-voltage environment accepting 5-volt inputs. Gate speeds are 200 picoseconds at 3.3 volts.

"Because of product processing innovations, we are able to offer power- conscious manufacturers, like those of portable equipment, low power with no loss of speed," Knab said. "These devices provide 5-volt speeds for 3-volt systems, he added.

"The ATL50 Series offers all of the necessary elements to create a complete embedded array or a digital system on a chip," Knab explained. In addition to standard memory formats, Atmel's libraries offer several types of advanced memory elements, including DPSRAM (dual-port, static random-access memory) and CAM (content-addressable memory). The ATL50 gate arrays offer further flexibility with the choice of several different input/outputs: CMOS, PCI, SCSI, USB, PLL, crystal oscillators, power-on-reset and more.

This new technology in Atmel's cell-based integrated circuit (CBIC) group is termed the AT55K Series. This series has been fully integrated into the company's CBIC line and is supported by a complete library of high-performance analog functions, memories, standard logic cells and embedded microcontrollers.

"Atmel's ability to fabricate digital and analog functions with a leading- edge silicon technology provides our customers with new options for system and chip solutions," said Alfredo Vadillo, product line manager for Cell-Based products.

Both the gate and embedded arrays and the CBIC families will soon offer such other predefined functions as the AVR 8-bit RISC processor, the ARM Thumb 16/32-bit core and the OAK digital signal processing (DSP) core.

The ATL50 gate arrays are supported by Cadence, Viewlogic, Mentor, Veribest, High Level Design, Model Technology (Vital Compliant Libraries) and Synopsys computer-aided design systems. The AT55K CBIC will be supported by Cadence, Compass, Viewlogic, Mentor and Synopsys CAD systems.

For gate arrays and CBIC, Atmel will support virtually any ceramic or plastic package available in the industry including: DIP, PQFP, PLCC, BGA, TQFP, SOIC, CQFP, CLCC and CPGA packages.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, with principal manufacturing facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado and in Rousset, France, Atmel designs, develops, manufactures, and markets on a worldwide basis Flash, EEPROMs, and EPROMs, as well as programmable logic, microcontrollers, and application-specific devices.

Atmel product and financial information can be retrieved from its Fax-on- Demand service. In North America call 1-(800) 29-ATMEL / 1-(800) 292-8635. International, from a fax phone, call 1-(408) 441-0732. You can send your request via e-mail to or visit Atmel's Web site at

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