Atmel Makes Beeline for Wireless Alliance

2/25/2003 - Atmel(r) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) confirms that it is a member of the recently announced ZigBee Alliance. Invensys, Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola, and Philips formed the ZigBee Alliance to drive the creation and further the development of the ZigBee wireless connectivity standard. This wireless communications solution will be embedded in consumer electronics, home and building automation, industrial controls, PC peripherals, medical sensor applications, toys and games. Atmel's commitment to the alliance supports its dedication to the wireless marketplace for system solutions and its belief that the ZigBee solution is cost-effective, easy-to-use, highly reliable and secure.

Atmel has participated in ZigBee Alliance meetings and closely followed the development of the ZigBee standards and protocols for nearly a year. As a result of this interaction, Atmel has developed a roadmap that supports both the low band (868/915 MHz) and high band (2.4 GHz) system solutions proposed by the ZigBee Alliance. This roadmap includes both the radio and baseband functions required for a total system solution, using Atmel technologies, AVR microcontroller, software support and wireless IP. With the unique ability to combine all the IP blocks required for low system cost and high reliability, Atmel is well positioned to meet the performance and cost objectives of the ZigBee system.

"We believe that ZigBee has a very bright future as the premier solution for low-cost, low power, low data rate wireless connectivity," said Chris Baumann, Atmel's Director of BiCMOS Products. "Atmel is actively working to develop system solutions for the ZigBee protocols. It is anticipated that these products will be in the marketplace in the near future."

"The Zigbee Alliance is very pleased to have Atmel Corporation as a member," said Bob Heile, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the ZigBee Alliance. "The ZigBee standard will provide customers with the freedom, flexibility, and convenience of a standards-based world without wires. Atmel joins a fine group of companies developing this standard and it's great to have them be a part of it."

The ZigBee standard uses very small, very low-power devices connected together to form a wireless control web. A ZigBee network is capable of supporting up to 254 client nodes plus one full functional device (master). ZigBee protocol is optimized for very long battery life measured in months to years from inexpensive, off-the-shelf non-rechargeable batteries. It can control lighting, air conditioning and heating, smoke and fire alarms, and other security devices. The standard supports 2.4 GHz (worldwide), 868 MHz (Europe) and 915 MHz (Americas) unlicensed radio bands with range up to 75 meters.

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. Further information on Atmel's products can be retrieved at www.atmel.com

About the ZigBee Alliance
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to create a very low-cost, very low power consumption, two-way, wireless communications standard. This wireless communications solution will be embedded in consumer electronics, home and building automation, industrial controls, PC peripherals, medical sensor applications, toys and games. The alliances' website address is www.zigbee.org. Membership is open to any interested party, including Internet service providers, network operators, original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors, end users, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

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