Tel-Tron Selects Atmel's FCC Compliant SmartRF MicroTransmitter For Wireless Call System

7/9/2002 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced today that Tel- Tron Technologies has selected Atmel's AT86RF401U, the industry's first monolithic microcomputer and RF transmitter, for their line of wireless supervision devices. Tel-Tron Technologies, the world leader in life safety systems for senior living, offers wireless supervision transmitters that can easily initiate a call for help from anywhere within the senior living resident's apartment.

Citing the highly integrated and exceptional RF performance of the SmartRF Atmel AT86RF401U, Rick Dawson, President of Tel-Tron, commented, "The harmonic content of the board is wonderful. Second, third, and fourth harmonics are extremely low. With the knowledgeable and responsive technical support provided by Atmel, this project advanced from concept to functional prototypes, including software development and RF antenna design, in about six weeks." Production prototypes submitted to a certified test lab demonstrated compliance to Part 15 of Federal Communication Commission's regulations governing the operation of a RF transmitter in the unlicensed ISM frequency bands.

The AT86RF401 integrates a powerful 8-bit AVR® microcontroller and a PLL-based RF transmitter on the same silicon chip. Jim Goings, Atmel SmartRF Marketing Manager, commented, "This monolithic system enables the software control of features, such as automated VCO tuning and RF power attenuation that is not found on any other device on the market." With this level of software controlled feature content, the device is able to compensate for device tolerance both during assembly and in the field using self-tuning algorithms and in-system programming capabilities. These features, along with 2 Kbytes of flash program memory and 128 bytes of EEPROM data memory enable the engineer to quickly design a better performing product at a lower cost than today's discrete RF transmitters or multi-chip solutions.

Three different SmartRF devices are available including the AT86RF401U optimized for use at 315 MHz (US), the AT86RF401E for 434 MHz (Europe), and the AT86RF401X, which can be operated at any frequency from 250 MHz to 450 MHz. Production quantities of this RF system-level device are available now in a space saving and inexpensive 20-pin TSSOP package. Prices start at $1.84 each in quantities of 25,000 units. Evaluation kits are available from Atmel for $199.00.

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.

About Tel-Tron Tel-Tron Systems Solutions provides integration of emergency call systems and other low voltage equipment for senior living communities. It's parent company, Tel-Tron Technologies Corporation designs, manufactures, and services life safety systems. The firm has been a national manufacturer of specialty electronic systems since 1945 and introduced its first emergency call system in the late 1970s.

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Press Contacts:
Jim Goings, SmartRF Marketing Manager, +1 719 540 1232 E-mail:
Vicki McCann, Marketing Communications Manager, +1 719 540 1724 E-mail:
Veronique Sablereau, Corporate Communications Manager Europe, +33 1 30 60 70 68

Rick Dawson, President, +1 386 523 1060 Email :

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