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, 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.
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).