Atmel Debuts ATR2406 Single-Chip Transceiver for 2.4-GHz ISM Band

6/10/2004 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced the availability of a fully integrated transceiver IC ATR2406 designed for low-cost cable replacement applications in the 2.4-GHz ISM band. This cost-effective device addresses the growing need for low-complexity, wireless transceiver solutions without networking capabilities that are easy to use and cost sensitive. The device's target applications include consumer products such as remote controls for toys, infotainment systems, set-top boxes, headsets and game consoles. Additionally, other industrial applications such as Electronic Point of Sales Systems (EPOS), diagnosis telemetry systems will also benefit from this new transceiver. In combination with Atmelís standard AVR® microcontroller portfolio, a complete solution can be designed.

The IC is manufactured using Atmelís innovative SiGe BiCMOS technology and packaged in an ultra-compact QFN32 plastic package (5 x 5 mm). The low-IF receiver architecture enables low external Bill of Material (BOM) costs, while offering a superior RF performance. The high receiver sensitivity of -93 dBm and high output power of up to 4 dBm enables link ranges of up to 70 meters. The transceiver supports data rates of 72, 144, 288, 576 and 1.152 kbit/s and offers receiver signal strength indication (RSSI) as well as a digital clock recovery.

The ATR2406 interfaces seamlessly with Atmelís AVR Flash microcontrollers and allows for the design of a complete chipset solution for ISM applications. While being operated alongside the AVR microcontroller, the average current consumption in typical low-data rate applications is less than 5 mA when operated in burst-mode. This complete solution offers the best combination of low cost and low current consumption while leaving designers maximum flexibility. Atmel's Marketing Director for Communications products, Uwe Barthelmes, stated, ďUsing the ATR2406 RF reference design and complete AVR software drivers available from Atmel, interfacing to the AVR is as easy as sending data to a UART.Ē

Samples of the ATR2406 in ultra-compact QFN32 plastic packages (5 x 5 mm) are available now, pricing starts at US$ 1.80 (100 k). High-volume production will start August 2004. A complete evaluation kit including reference designs and RF protocol firmware to simplify the design are available. The development kit ATR2406-DEV-KIT is priced at US$ 500 and can be ordered via Atmel's local sales offices.

EPOS = Electronic Point of Sales Systems
BiCMOS = Mix technology (Bipolar and CMOS)
BOM = Bill Of Materials
IF = Intermediate Frequency
ISM = Industrial, Scientific and Medial (license-free frequency band)
RSSI = Receiver Signal Strength Indication
UART = Universal Asynchronous Receiver/ Transmitter

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.

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