Atmel Introduces New SiGe CDMA Multi-Mode RF Receiver Family

12/11/2002 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced the availability of a new CDMA RF receiver family manufactured in SiGe technology for improved performance. The new family consists of the dual-mode CDMA/ AMPS RF receiver T0351, the dual- band CDMA/ GPS RF receiver T0354, the dual-band PCS/GPS RF receiver T0352 and the quad- mode/ tri-band RF receiver T0353. The T0351 receiver is optimized for the fast-growing South American CDMA phone market, which is second largest CDMA phone market next to North America, whereas the T0353 receiver is especially designed for the North American CDMA phone the largest individual CDMA phone market. The T0353 is a highly integrated receiver solution that includes low/high-band CDMA, AMPS, and A-GPS modes. Two additional family members, the T0352 and the T0354, mainly focus on the Far East markets such as Korea and China.

These new devices are part of a full line of CDMA RF receivers that provide customers with a highly integrated solution for each phone market they serve. Developed together with TriQuint Semiconductor as part of Atmel and Triquint's CDMA345 joint development project, these devices utilize Atmel's advanced SiGe process that provides excellent RF performance at low cost. Excellent noise and linearity performance enable phone designs with the high sensitivity required to meet demanding CDMA air interface requirements. Due to their excellent RF performance, these devices require one gain state less than many competing solutions, which simplifies the design-in process and reduces the amount of calibration time required during phone manufacturing.

In addition, the T0352, T0353 and T0354 provide excellent A-GPS signal path performance which facilitates high position location accuracy under all GPS signal reception conditions. Also, the T0353 and T0354 provide a local oscillator pre-scaler that enables phone designers to reduce cost by eliminating an external extra cell-band local oscillator.

"With this new product family, Atmel is now able to provide its customers with solutions for the receive path of CDMA handset applications, dedicated for each regional phone market. Because of Atmel's advanced SiGe process, the new devices offer maximum performance at a reasonable price", said Carsten Friedrich, Atmel's CDMA Product Marketing Manager.

Samples of the T0351 and the T0352 (4 x 4 mm MLF24 package), T0353 and the T0354 (5 x 5 mm MLF32 package) as well as evaluation boards are available now.

About Atmel
Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel designs, manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, SiGe, and high- voltage BCDMOS process technologies.

A-GPS = Assisted Global Positioning Systems
AMPS = Advanced Mobile Phone Service
CDMA = Code-Division Multiple Access
GPS = Global Positioning Systems
PCS = Personal Communication Services
SiGe = Silicon Germanium

Atmel's CDMA T035x information may be retrieved at: Requests may be sent via e-mail to mailto: or by visiting Atmel's website at

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