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Atmel Introduces the World's Fastest Monolithic 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter

    Grenoble, France (ots/PRNewswire) -

    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced today the industry's fastest, commercially-available, monolithic 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with a clock frequency of 500 Msps. The AT84AS001TP will allow system designers to accurately digitize signals with frequencies up to 250 MHz at sampling rates that could not have been achieved before with 12-bit resolution.

    With current commercial offerings for 12-bit ADCs limited to 250 Msps designers are forced to use several down-conversion hardware stages before entering the analog signals into the ADC, and to interleave several ADCs to get high data rates. Providing a major step forward in sampling rate without compromise on performance, the AT84AS001TP will set a new standard, allowing simpler system architectures while offering the possibility to sample wider bandwidth signals. This will benefit many applications including telecommunications infrastructure, high IF broadband digital receivers, test and measurement equipment, high-speed data acquisition, and defense radar and communications systems.

    Thanks to its 0.5 dB band flatness from DC to 250 MHz, the AT84AS001TP provides an impressive 62 dBc SNR, 75 dBc SFDR and 10 ENOB at 500 Msps over the first Nyquist zone with two-tone Inter-Modulation Distortion (IMD) limited to -70 dB. This high level of performance is achieved while dissipating a very moderate 2.3W with 3.3V and 5V power supplies. The required analog input signal amplitude is only 1.1 Vpp, and can be AC or DC coupled. An integrated three-wire serial interface offers convenient software control of the ADC gain and offset.

    "The AT84AS001TP is clearly a step ahead of the competition, being the first monolithic 12-bit ADC available on the market to provide a guaranteed 500 MHz sampling rate without any compromise on performance," said Jean-Charles Terrien, Strategic Marketing Manager for Atmel's Broadband Data Conversion product line. "This ADC is the first of a new high-resolution family and reaffirms Atmel's commitment to pushing the state-of-the-art in terms of the speed/resolution compromise, enabling designers to lower system complexity and cost."

    The AT84AS001TP is available in a TBGA192 plastic package and will be offered in both commercial and industrial temperature ranges. Samples are available now, with production quantities in Q4 2006, at a unit price of US$98 for a 1K-piece quantity in commercial grade.

      Footnote:
      ADC: Analog-to-Digital Converter
      SNR: Signal-to-Noise Ratio
      SFDR: Spurious-Free Dynamic Range
      ENOB: Effective Number Of Bits
      IMD: Inter-Modulation Distortion

    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).

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    Information

    Further information on the AT84AS001TP can be found at: http://www.atmel.com/dyn/products/product_card.asp?part_id=3885

    For more information on Atmel's Broadband Data Conversion products go to: http://www.atmel.com/products/Broadband/overview.asp

      Press Contacts
      Sylvie Mattei, Communications Manager - Atmel Grenoble
      Phone: +33-4-76-58-30-25, Email sylvie.mattei@gfo.atmel.com
      Helen Perlegos, Public Relations - USA and Asia Pacific Rim,
      Phone: +1-408-487-2963, Email: hperlegos@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

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Contact:
Sylvie Mattei, Communications Manager of Atmel Grenoble,  
+33-4-76-58-30-25 or sylvie.mattei@gfo.atmel.com; Helen Perlegos,
Public Relations - USA and Asia Pacific Rim, of Atmel,
+1-408-487-2963 or hperlegos@atmel.com; or Veronique Sablereau,
Corporate Communications Manager - Europe, of Atmel,
+33-1-30-60-70-68, Fax: +49-71-31-67-24-23 or
veronique.sablereau@atmel.com



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