Atmel Licenses Aware's StratiPHY2+ Intellectual Property Package

6/18/2004 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of advanced semiconductors, and Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWRE), a worldwide leader and innovator of broadband intellectual property, announced that Atmel has licensed the StratiPHY2+TM intellectual property (IP) package from Aware and will be introducing a new line of customer premise equipment (CPE) ADSL2/2plus system-on-a-chip (SoC) products based on Aware’s StratiPHY2+.

“Through a licensing agreement with Aware, Atmel is extending its CPE product portfolio with an advanced ADSL2/2plus offering. This allows us to leverage our market-proven capabilities in large-scale silicon level integration and system-on-a-chip technology with Aware’s ADSL2/2plus core technology to offer a competitive high-quality chipset to our customers,” commented Richard Bisset, Atmel’s Product Marketing Director. “Atmel’s adoption of the new ADSL2 and ADSL2plus standard-based WAN solutions enables us to effectively address both the legacy and the evolving ADSL market requirements for gateway equipment, while Aware's proven experience in ADSL system design and firmware ensures optimal physical layer performance to equipment suppliers.”

Atmel is now leveraging the strength and diversity of its existing silicon product offerings, including comprehensive range of SoC solutions for the communications market for wired and wireless LAN applications, with the existing, field-proven solution of Aware’s StratiPHY2+. StratiPHY2+ is a complete physical instantiation of Aware's intellectual property, which includes a digital chip and software technology. It is fully compliant with the ITU standard ADSL2 (G.992.3) and ADSL2plus (G.992.5), which doubles the downstream bandwidth of ADSL, resulting in significant downstream data rate increases on shorter phone lines. It also supports Reach-Extended ADSL2 (RE-ADSL2), which uses new power spectral density (PSD) masks that significant increase ADSL's reach by up to 40%. The inclusion of StratiPHY2+ ensures that the new CPE chip complies with all the ADSL/ADSL2/2plus standards and annexes, and it exceeds the standards’ requirements for rate and reach performance.

“As a wireless chip company, Atmel also understands the importance of bridging DSL Internet access with a wireless home network to deliver compelling revenue-generating applications, such as video and Voice-Over-IP ,” commented Luke Smithwick, vice president of business development of Aware. “A wireless in-home network is an important next step in the adoption of broadband, and by licensing Aware’s ADSL2/2plus core technology, Atmel’s system-on-chip communication devices for WAN and LAN connectivity will offer consumers a reliable, standards-compliant residential gateway and modem linking the strengths of DSL with the flexibility and versatility of wireless home networks.”

Aware recently announced that its StratiPHY2+ CPE digital chip has achieved interoperability with Alcatel's 7300 Advanced Services Access Manager (ASAM), reaching data rates in excess of 24 Mbps, which is a major industry milestone signaling that multi-vendor ADSL2/2plus interoperability and the arrival of advanced services over DSL is a reality today. StratiPHY2+’s interoperability, combined with the DSL Forum’s recent global forecast of 200 million DSL subscribers by the end of 2005, competitively positions ATMEL’s future line of ADSL2/2plus SoC products and gives Atmel a head-start on the emerging market of ADSL2/2plus chips for CPEs.

Aware will feature StratiPHY2+ in its booth (#21729) at SuperComm 2004 from June 22 - 24 in Chicago.

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.

Atmel® and combinations thereof are the registered trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. StratiPHY2+ is a registered trademark of Aware, Inc.

About Aware
Aware is a worldwide leader in the development and marketing of intellectual property for broadband communications. Aware licenses its DSL technology to semiconductor manufacturers that build integrated circuits for central office and customer premises. Its products, including StratiPHY2+TM and Dr. DSL®, include implementations of the ITU standards for ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2plus, VDSL, and G.SHDSL, and solutions include reference designs, test chips, and bare die for MCM solutions, as well as advanced diagnostics software and DSL development equipment.

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