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November 22, 2009

Atmel launches new microcontrollers

Claims to process up to 12 MIPS at 12MHz

By CBR Staff Writer

Atmel has launched three new 6-pin picoPower AVR microcontrollers ATtiny4, ATtiny5 and ATtiny9, which are pin and code compatible.

The company claims the 6-pin tinyAVR microcontrollers, using the AVR CPU, can process up to 12MIPS at 12MHz, six times the performance of any other similar sized microcontroller in the market. This processing efficiency reduces the time in active mode and increases the time spent in power saving sleep modes.

According to Atmel, the new offerings are pin and functional compatible to the existing ATtiny10. The 6-pin tinyAVR microcontrollers are also pin-compatible with similar devices, which enables customer to increase the performance and reduce the power consumption in their existing designs.

Jukka Eskelinen, product marketing director for tinyAVR of Atmel, said: The ATtiny10 was launched in April and we were overwhelmed by the rapid market acceptance and strong demand for this device, which is the smallest AVR microcontroller.

“It is clear that developers needed innovation in this market segment. Atmel is now expanding the offering with three new parts with different memory densities and feature sets. With more parts available, engineers can cost optimise their applications without sacrificing the features they need.

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