4/1/2004 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) and Parrot® S.A. announced market availability of the Parrot4 Automotive Communication Management Chipset. The chipset is the result of a long-standing collaboration between the two companies, aimed at designing and producing leading-edge multi-service ICs for mobile use, including automotive applications. The low-power Parrot4 supports GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth® and GPS functionalities, as well as high-specification analog CODECs and a 50MIPS DSP for microphones and speakers.
The Parrot4 Chipset is at the core of Parrot's highly integrated approach to in-car telematics, aiming at providing the automotive industry with a modular, reliable and cost-effective on-chip solution to on-board electronics. Designed for inclusion in Parrot's current lines of installation-free and after-market Bluetooth hands-free car kits that let drivers wirelessly control their mobile phones. The Parrot4 Chipset will also be included in the Parrot's new platforms unveiled at CeBIT - the CK3100 Advanced Car Kit, CK3300 GPS Car Kit, and the CK3500 Professional Car Kit. Parrot markets and sells its products integrating the chipset to automobile manufacturers, transporters and technology resellers worldwide.
The Parrot4 Chispet is manufactured using Atmel's leading edge CMOS technology that maximizes performances while minimizing power consumption. It consumes no more than 13 uA in standby mode, and between 10 and 100 mA in operational mode. It includes an embedded DSP core. It is an example of the application of Atmel's SiliconCITYTM strategy for ASIC development and support.
According to Jean-Luc Gonzalez, Atmel's Marketing Manager for the Parrot4 ASIC: "Parrot4 is another example of the extremely high level of functionality that can be achieved in a single small die with minimal power consumption. This is due to the powerful building block system from Atmel's extensive IP library, and the ease and speed of integration as a consequence of their modular design and rigorous qualification. It is SiliconCITY in action."
"With its added connectivity and capabilities, the Parrot4 Chipset is expanding the scope of hands-free systems from in-car mobile communications into PDA-centric GPS navigation and workable Java/IP off-board telematics," added Henri Seydoux, President of Parrot. "We are pleased to be working with Atmel on our new chipset and confident our partnership will provide customers with truly useful features they have been asking for at a very competitive cost."
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. Atmel's customer-specific product information may be retrieved at: http://www.atmel.com/products/ASIC/
Based in Paris and founded in 1994, Parrot is a recognized leader in embedded voice technologies and Bluetooth applications for the automotive industry. Serving customers in over 40 countries, Parrot has ongoing partnerships with automotive leaders Visteon, Delphi, Siemens VDO as well as distribution agreements with various carriers and automakers to market its products worldwide. For details visit http://www.driveblue.com
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