Atmel® is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, mixed-signal, ASICs, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) silicon chips. Leveraging one of the industry’s broadest intellectual property (IP) portfolios, Atmel provides electronics systems and device manufacturers with complete system solutions. This level of service to the industry enables Atmel’s customers to lead the markets they serve with electronic products that are smaller, smarter, more cost-effective and versatile than ever before. The company’s success over the last 27 years is a result of its focus on high-growth electronic-equipment markets across the spectrum of applications: consumer, communications, computer/network, security, industrial, automotive, as its slogan states, the company is “Everywhere You Are.®” Its extensive network of R&D, design, manufacturing, engineering, sales, and distribution facilities enables it to reach customers in over 60 countries.
Originally founded in 1984, Atmel was an early pioneer of NVM (nonvolatile memory) chips that retain their content in the absence of power. Atmel, with its broad NVM family offering, is the industry’s leading supplier of serial interface memories (i.e. SEE and DataFlash®). The family range in memory size from 1k-bits to mega-bits and is offered in leading edge packages for applications where board space and height is important.
Atmel has developed a broad portfolio of products to meet the system solution requirements of its customers. These products range from custom to standard products and are available in industrial or automotive grade. The solutions include microcontrollers, RF, automotive products, ASICs, products with security (i.e. encryption), and non-volatile memories.
As the first company to successfully embed its EEPROM non-volatile memory technology (#1 in market share) into the world’s first Flash-based microcontroller, Atmel has continued to lead the way in microcontroller technology. As we look to the future, Atmel’s microcontroller product lines feature the industry-leading AVR® advanced 8-bit RISC microcontroller family providing instruction and data throughputs many times those of traditional CISC architectures. AVR features extensive onchip analog and digital peripherals together with in-system programmable EEPROM and Flash memories, greatly increasing flexibility, eliminating the bottleneck of external memory accesses, and providing increased program and data security. The series ranges from the tiny AVR™ (1K bytes of on-chip Flash) to the megaAVR™ (128K bytes of on-chip Flash), and it’s ultra low power AVR family.
For applications requiring superior processing capability while keeping power consumption to a minimum, Atmel offers a wide range of 32-bit microcontrollers based on the ARM® advanced RISC core and it’s AVR32 core. This series offers a variety of memory sizes and on-chip functionality in order to meet the precise requirements of many high-performance applications.
Atmel also has developed a family of secure products that addresses different levels of security and applications. Such products are its Crypto family, biometrics, TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and secure smart card chips using its AVR® 8-bit RISC and ARM processors.
Atmel’s automotive products support an application portfolio that includes body electronics (e.g., bus systems such as LIN/CAN, and driver ICs), car access, theft protection (remote keyless entry/ immobilizer), airbag and tire-pressure monitoring systems, and infotainment.
Atmel’s radio frequency (RF) products comprise front-end devices (transmitters, receivers, and transceivers), as well as single-chip RF ICs with integrated ARM or AVR microcontrollers. Applications include car access, industrial ISM, ZigBee™ and other wireless data connectivity systems.
Atmel is a world leader in microcontrollers, offering both stand-alone or embedded solutions. These solutions address both the commercial, industrial, and automotive markets. Atmel also offers products for those applications which require security or RF technology. The company provides complete system solutions, such as a system-in-a package (SiP) and a system-on-a-chip (SoC), by capitalizing on its core strengths. The company has maintained its competitive edge in process technology by focusing strongly on research and development and collaborating with top universities and key clients. Through its commitment to its customers and its support of their products, Atmel will continue to lead the way in global innovation, producing ICs that enable customers to rapidly introduce leading edge electronic products.
This company history was written in 2008 by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association.