Atmel introduced the SAM9M10e ARM926EJ-based embedded microprocessor (MPU). The SAM9M10e integrates a video decoder and 2D acceleration (scaling, rotating, color space conversion, picture in picture) to provide high-quality video performance in industrial embedded applications. The SAM9M10 is ideal for media rich display and control panels in application segments such as home and commercial buildings, POS (Point of Sale) terminals, entertainment systems, Internet appliances, and medical.
The Embest AT91SAM3U ARM Cortex-M3 Board is an ARM embedded evaluation board. It integrates the ATMEL AT91SAM3U4E Cortex-M3 core-based processor, which operates at a maximum speed of 96 MHz and features 256 Kbytes of Flash and 48 Kbytes of SRAM. The Embest AT91SAM3U features high speed USB 2.0 (480MHz), audio I/O port, SD card interface, and TFT LCD interface. The Embest AT91SAM3U ARM Cortex-m3 Board is available now and for $187 (US).
Atmel introduced the SAM3S Series of highly-integrated Cortex-M3 Flash microcontrollers (MCUs). The SAM3S series includes 18 general-purpose Cortex-M3 based Flash microcontrollers that improve impedance matching, simplify PCB design, and save 50% power at 1 MHz operation with a consumption of only 2.3 mW. The SAM3S is available in Flash memory densities of 64k, 128k, and 256k Bytes and ships in 48-, 64- and 100-pin QFP, 48- and 64-pin QFN packages, and in 100-pin 0.8 mm pitch BGA packages. Sampling starts with the 256 kByte Flash memory density parts in 64- and 100-pin QFP packages. Production volumes will be available in Q2 2010, with prices ranging from $2.50 USD to $4.45 USD in quantities of 10k units.
Atmel luanched the ATtiny4, ATtiny5, and ATtiny9 6-pin picoPower AVR microcontrollers. The ATtiny4, ATtiny5, and ATtiny9 are pin- and code- compatible, include a rich feature set, and execute code 6-times faster than the closest competitor. Samples of the ATtiny4, ATtiny5 and ATtiny9 are available now. Volume prices for 5K units start at $0.34. All tinyAVR microcontrollers use the standard AVR microcontroller development tools. The AVR Studio integrated development environment is available for free.
Atmel launched the TwinAVR dual-core secure microcontrollers for smart card applications such as the PayTV conditional access market. Atmel’s TwinAVR microcontrollers (MCUs) offer two independent cores with central processing unit (CPU), memory, and peripherals on a single chip, unlike current secure MCUs on the market today that offer a single core. Samples of Atmel’s AT90SDC100 standalone TwinAVR are available now. Pricing starts at $1.85 USD for quantities of 100Ku in bare die form. Samples of Atmel’s AT90SDC104 4Mbit TwinAVR samples will be available Q1 2010. Pricing starts at $4.00 USD for quantities of 100Ku in smart card modules.
Atmel launched the VaultIC family of security modules for applications including femtocells, smart meters, telehealth, USB token, and gaming platforms. The VaultIC460 security module provides a secure microcontroller with multiple interfaces and bundled firmware. The Atmel VaultIC family offers developers a banking-type security solution by embedding firmware, hardware, and complex cryptography into a module. VaultIC460 samples are available now in SOIC8 and QFN44 packages.
Atmel, HMT Microelectronic, and MESCO Engineering teamed together to create a turnkey solution for integrated IO-Link devices. The solution provides designers overall savings in bill-of-material and board space. The IO-Link reference design combines Atmel’s AVR , HMT’s PHY IC, and MESCO’s IO-Link stack to create the industry’s smallest IO-Link reference design. IO-Link is the upcoming industrial control communication standard that will introduce several benefits for the end user, including easier cabling, remote diagnostics, and configuration.
The Embest SBC6300X is a single board computer (SBC) based on an Atmel AT91SAM9263 MCU with 32-bit ARM instruction set and complete embedded software environment. It has a Mini6300 controller board mounted directly on an expansion board through two 0.8mm 100pin Free Height (FH) surface-mount connectors. The SBC6300X supports extended temperature operation and comes pre-loded with a Linux 2.6-based kernel, YAFFS filesystem, and Wince6.0 BSP. The arm development board operates from -10 to 70 degrees Celsius (without backup battery).
Atmel launched the Xplain evaluation kit for their AVR XMEGA microcontroller family. The kit helps engineers evaluate features and system performance of Atmel’s XMEGA at a minimum hardware cost. The kit is powered through a mini USB connector where end-users can develop their own applications on XMEGA using Xplain. The Xplain evaluation kit for the AVR XMEGA microcontroller family has a suggested resale price of $29 (USD).