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Atmel Achieves Higher Resolutions With Its 2.5M Pixel CMOS Industrial Camera

Grenoble, France, November 2 (ots/PRNewswire) - - Available Today With Associated Software for Easy Configuration Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced today the introduction of a new member of the ATMOS(TM) area scan CMOS camera family dedicated to industrial machine-vision applications. The additional members ATMOS 2M30 and ATMOS 2M60 are fast CMOS area scan cameras able to work in 8, 10 or 12 bits that offers an excellent dynamic range. Specific CommCam(TM) software, also developed by Atmel, renders camera configuration easy. ATMOS 2M30 and 2M60 are composed of a 2.5 million pixels CMOS sensor featuring high sensitivity and high quality even at maximal speed. The region of interest (R.O.I.) allows the end-user to implement infinite resolutions and to increase frame rate such as: 48 fps full resolution at 2.5M pixels, 60 fps at 2M pixels and 160 fps in VGA format (640X480 pixels) for the 2M60 model (half-speed for the 2M30). Furthermore, the ATMOS 2M30 and ATMOS 2M60 cameras comprises an electronic shutter and Camera Link(R) interface suitable for those wanting to upgrade from analog to digital modes while offering cost effective solutions. The two ATMOS cameras are delivered in a 44 mm square section design with a C-mount adapter, among the smallest in the market. The performance, versatility and adaptability of the compact mechanical body give OEM and integrators an optimum solution to space saving in systems. It also allows an implementation into multiple configurations. The camera can be uploaded remotely. "With these new members, ATMOS(TM) camera family offers an exciting alternative to CCD base cameras," said Christophe Robinet, Camera Marketing Manager of Atmel's Professional Imaging. "These cameras allow for customized solutions on request." Firstly dedicated to machine-vision, ATMOS features various timing modes: free-run, triggered mode, ITC with very fine setting of the shutter signal (0 to 655 ms by steps of 10 us). The dynamic range of this camera (63 dB) is equivalent to the one typically achieved with CCD sensors. The benefit of the dynamic range, with the offset and gain fine tuning, is detection of slight differences of gray levels even in low contrast images. These features are particularly suited for inspection (glass, flat panel display, PCB), robot-guidance, metrology, as well as various applications such as microscopy and surveillance applications. ATMOS 2M30 and 2M60 provide an easy to use, user friendly Camera Link configuration interface with advanced function features such as contrast expansion, Fixed Pattern Noise correction (FPN), and Look Up Table (LUT). ATMOS features five banks of settings: one for factory settings (read only), three for user settings (write/read) and one additional setting that can be locked by the system manufacturer once the system is calibrated. With the CommCam software, the end-user gains easy access to all of the cameras' features such as gain, offset tuning and synchronization mode. The Commcam concept with its plug-and-play system has contributed to the success of AViiVA(R) linescan cameras. It enables automatic identification of the camera range, faster programming, multilingual programming of settings, easy saving process and uploading of firmware for upgrades and customization. The ATMOS 2M30 and 2M60 cameras are at sample stage now and will enter their production phase in April 2006. Pricing starts at US$2500 and US$3000 respectively for a quantity of 100 pieces. 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) 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) NOTE: Atmel(R), logo and combinations thereof, Everywhere You Are(R) , AViiVA(R), and others are registered trademarks, and ATMOS(TM), CommCam(TM) and others are trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others. Information: Atmel's product ATMOS 2M30 may be retrieved at: http://atmel.com/dyn/products/product_card.asp?part_id=3802 Atmel's product ATMOS 2M60 may be retrieved at: http://atmel.com/dyn/products/product_card.asp?part_id=3803 For further information on Atmel's Camera products, go to: http://atmel.com/products/Cameras/ Press Contacts: Sylvie Mattei, Communication Manager, Atmel Grenoble Phone: +33-4-76-58-30-25, Email: sylvie.mattei@gfo.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: +49-71-31-67-24-23 Email: veronique.sablereau@atmel.com Web site: http://www.atmel.com ots Originaltext: Atmel Corporation Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Contact: Sylvie Mattei, Communication Manager of Atmel Grenoble, +33-4-76-58-30-25, or sylvie.mattei@gfo.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, or +33-1-30-60-70-68, fax, +49-71-31-67-24-23, or veronique.sablereau@atmel.com

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