InterDigital, Atmel Offer AIM ANTENNA Products to WLAN Customers

12/3/2004 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, and InterDigital Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: IDCC) announced the establishment of a cooperative agreement to offer InterDigital's AIM (Adaptive Interference Management) ANTENNATM product solution in Atmel's Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) products.

Under the terms of the agreement, InterDigital will license its AIM ANTENNA technology, which includes patented antenna designs and steering software, to Atmel for incorporation on Atmel's WLAN platforms. Atmel and InterDigital will both market this performance enhancing capability to selected OEMs and ODMs.

The AIM ANTENNA is a low cost, printed circuit board type, multi-element, steerable, directional antenna combined with software steering algorithm running on the existing device processor. Devices enabled with AIM ANTENNA technology have substantial performance advantages in home and office settings, where interference, signal fading and poor quality of service are significant problems. The AIM ANTENNA product can typically eliminate fade situations with demonstrated throughput rate increases of more than 100 percent. Also, throughput at the edge of coverage can be increased by an average of 80 percent. AIM ANTENNA products are easy to integrate, cost-effective and availability for incorporation into client devices and access points.

Mark Lemmo, Senior Business Development Officer stated, "We are pleased that Atmel has chosen InterDigital's cost-effective high performance AIM ANTENNA technology to enhance their WLAN products. Atmel's AIM ANTENNA enabled products will be differentiated with superior high data rate coverage and immunity to multipath holes.

Through radio partners, Atmel has developed complete reference designs for PCMCIA cards, CF Cards, USB dongles/sticks, Mini-PCI cards and Access Points. These reference design kits include all the information required to manufacture a complete product utilizing Atmel supplied WLAN chips. Available to qualified OEMs and ODMs, Atmel's designs have enabled the highly favorable cost over performance solutions in the market today for many major companies. Atmel's integration of InterDigital's AIM ANTENNA products into its WLAN platforms demonstrates its commitment to providing products with significant user benefits.

Richard Bisset, Atmel's Wireless Business Marketing Director said, "We selected InterDigital's AIM ANTENNA product because of its performance characteristics, cost-effectiveness, ease of implementation and availability for today's products. Atmel's optimized chip set with proven firmware and development tools create a unique total solution for OEM customers. Having AIM ANTENNA technology integrated in the Atmel reference designs enables our customers to market a new class of high-performance and differentiated devices.

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 ICs can be found Everywhere You AreSM.

Additional AIM ANTENNA Information
InterDigital is the leading developer of cost-effective Adaptive Interference ManagementTM technologies and products for WLAN and cellular applications. InterDigital's AIM family of technology solutions enable higher data rate communications, extended battery life, and improved coverage and signal strength.

About InterDigital
InterDigital architects, designs and provides advanced wireless technologies and products that drive voice and data communications. The Company offers technology and product solutions for mainstream wireless applications that deliver cost and time-to-market advantages for its customers. InterDigital has a strong portfolio of patented technologies covering 2G, 2.5G, 3G and 802 standards, which it licenses worldwide. In addition, InterDigital is developing proprietary technology and product solutions to enhance the performance of wireless products. For more information, please visit InterDigital's web site: InterDigital is a registered trademark and Adaptive Interference Management and AIM ANTENNA are trademarks of InterDigital Communications Corporation.

Atmel®, logo and combinations thereof, are registered trademarks, and Everywhere You AreSM is the trademark of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries.

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