Atmel Becomes Principal Member of WiMAX Forum

9/20/2004 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced its Principal membership in the WiMAX ForumTM, an industry-led organization that promotes the interoperability and certification of broadband wireless products based on the IEEE 802.16 standard. As an experienced manufacturer of advanced wireless semiconductors, Atmel will play an important role in the design, production and marketing of silicon to be used in WiMAX Forum CertifiedTM applications for this key emerging market.

The WiMAX Forum is striving to create economies of scale made possible by standards-based, interoperable products that drive price and performance levels not achievable by proprietary approaches. WiMAX technology is designed to help service providers across global markets deliver economical broadband data, voice and video services to both residential and business customers.

Chris Baumann, Atmel’s Wireless Business Unit Director commented, “We believe WiMAX will be one of the key wireless markets allowing significant improvement to broadband connectivity for residential and small businesses. Atmel shipped more than 100 million wireless chips last year and we intend to continue to focus on this burgeoning market by adding broadband wireless products to our portfolio. We announced earlier this year that we are working with Wavesat, a developer of OFDM Broadband Wireless (BW) silicon solutions, to bring the first WiMAX compliant PHY chips to market.”

Frank Draper, Director of Membership at the WiMAX Forum, said, “Atmel will be a significant contributor to the WiMAX Forum bringing their vast experience as a wireless IC manufacturer and their unique ability to offer complete out-of-the-box solutions.”

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.

About WiMAX ForumTM
The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products using the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN specifications. The forum’s goal is to accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum CertifiedTM products will be fully interoperable and support Metropolitan Broadband Fixed and Portable Applications. For more information about the WiMAX Forum and its activities, please visit

Atmel is a registered trademark of Atmel Corporation. WiMAX ForumTM and WiMAX Forum CertifiedTM are trademarks of the WiMAX ForumTM.

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