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Atmel Announces That Sirenza Microdevices Surpasses 100 Million Shipped Units of High-Performance RF Products Manufactured in Atmel's SiGe Technology

    Heilbronn, Germany and Broomfield, Colorado (ots/PRNewswire) - Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions and Sirenza Microdevices, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMDI) announced today that Sirenza has shipped more than 100 million silicon germanium (SiGe) high-performance RF integrated circuit (IC) products utilizing Atmel's industry-leading, low cost SiGe semiconductor technology.

    Atmel's SiGe HBT process has been manufactured in Heilbronn, Germany since 1998. The cost efficiency and high-speed performance of this technology makes it ideal for applications in the area of telecommunications and high-speed data transfer, e.g., for front-end design (DECT, CDMA, Bluetooth(R) etc.), 5.8-GHz WLAN, upcoming power amplifier designs with new requirements (WCDMA, 802.11, Bluetooth range extension, etc.), optical networking according to OC192 and higher, and almost any type of wireless and RF components.

    Sirenza launched the SGA amplifier IC series in 2000 and was among the first to market with SiGe products for RF wireless and wireline products. Sirenza features other leading SiGe RF products, including modulators, demodulators and mixers. Total unit shipment volume passed the 100 million mark in the third quarter of 2005.

    "Surpassing 100 million units is a significant milestone which demonstrates Sirenza's volume manufacturing capabilities as well as the acceptance of SiGe, as the industry standard for wireless amplification," stated Kin Tan, Sirenza's vice president, manufacturing and operations. "The popularity of these products illustrates the RF performance, reliability and price benefits of SiGe."

    "We are proud that Sirenza has chosen Atmel's SiGe technology to manufacture competitive high-end RF products. Atmel's SiGe technology has been very successful for Atmel's own IC products as well as for external foundry customers," said Henrik Gutsch, Atmel's Foundry Marketing Manager. "And our new SiGe process generation with a transit frequency of more than 80 GHz allows for even faster data transfer and thus enables to pave the way for new application areas such as radar systems with higher frequencies than conventional radar."

    About Atmel

    Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You Are(R).

    Sirenza Microdevices, Inc.

    Headquartered in Broomfield, Colo., with design centers throughout the U.S., Sirenza Microdevices is a leading designer and an ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System certified (registered by QMI) supplier of high performance radio frequency (RF) components for the commercial communications and A&D equipment markets. Sirenza's integrated circuit (IC) and multi-chip module (MCM) product lines include amplifiers, power amplifiers, transceivers, tuners, discrete devices, RF signal processing components, signal source components, government and military specified components, and antennae and receivers for satellite radio. Detailed product information may be found on Sirenza's website at http://www.sirenza.com/ .

    NOTE: Atmel(R), logo and combinations thereof, Everywhere You Are(R) and others are registered trademarks or trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.

    Information

    Product information on Atmel's SiGe Foundry service may be retrieved at: http://www.atmel.com/products/SiGeBipolar/ and http://www.atmel.com/products/SiGeBiCMOS/ .

@@start.t1@@        Atmel Press Contacts
        Dr. Susanne van Clewe, Marcom Manager Communications and Automotive
        Products
        Phone: +49-7131-67-2081, Email:  susanne.van-clewe@hno.atmel.com
        Clive Over, Director of Press Relations - USA and Asia
        Phone: +1-408-451-2855, Email:  cliveover@atmel.com
        Veronique Sablereau, Corporate Communications Manager - Europe
        Phone: +33-1-30-60-70-68, Fax: +49-7131-67-2423, Email:
        veronique.sablereau@atmel.com
        Sirenza Press Contacts
        Jodi Bochert, Sirenza Microdevices, Inc.
        Phone: +1-303-327-3193, Email: ir@sirenza.com
        Web site:  http://www.atmel.com
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Contact:
Dr. Susanne van Clewe, Marcom Manager Communications and Automotive
Products, +49-7131 67-2081, or susanne.van-clewe@hno.atmel.com, or
Clive Over, Director of Press Relations - USA and Asia, +1 408 451
2855, or cliveover@atmel.com, or Veronique Sablereau, Corporate
Communications Manager - Europe, +33-1-30-60-70-68, or fax,
+49-7131-67-2423, or
veronique.sablereau@atmel.com, all of Atmel Corporation; or Jodi
Bochert of
Sirenza Microdevices, Inc., +1-303-327-3193, or ir@sirenza.com



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