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Atmel and Telit Revolutionize Machine-to-Machine Communications System Design for Processor-intensive Applications

    Rousset, France and Rome (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - Atmel's AT91SAM9260 ARM9-based Microcontroller Offloads Time-Critical Applications from Second GPRS Processor

    Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) and Telit Communications PLC (AIM: TCM), an international leader in the field of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, disclosed today that Telit has been harnessing the expertise of microcontroller leader Atmel for the development of its high-performance M2M modules. The GE863-PRO(3) is the first product in Telit's dual-processor range to feature an Atmel AT91SAM9260 ARM9-based processor running the application in tandem with a dedicated processor for GPRS communication. It provides the extremely high processing power and the flexibility to support today's rapidly changing M2M market that demands more advanced features and more processing power at ever-shorter intervals. Its standard form factor and easy integration make the Telit module particularly attractive for applications such as POS terminals or fleet management. The GE863-PRO(3) has met with tremendous market success since its launch in Q4 2007.

    The core of the GE863-PRO(3) is the AT91SAM9260, an ARM9-based embedded processor from Atmel that delivers processing power above 200 MIPS. Whereas in the past just one sub-50 MIPS microcontroller took care of alternate communication and application tasks, the additional AT91SAM9260 processor now controls only real-time applications, while the second GPRS processor handles time-critical GPRS communications transactions.

    Advantages for End Users and Systems Integrators. The GE863-PRO(3) is designed as a small footprint platform that can be easily adapted to rapidly changing demand in the M2M market without the need to re-design the hardware. This is assured by a standard form factor, tried-and-tested BGA (Ball Grid Array) assembly and sufficient integrated memory for software applications. It thus facilitates a short time-to-market with a simultaneous reduction in development costs for applications. "By selecting a dual processor approach and using a high performance standard microcontroller supported by an extensive eco-system to run the application layers, integrating future demand becomes less time consuming, lower risk and less costly. With its core values of investment protection, easy integration, high quality and scalability, Telit is focusing precisely on the aspects that will be in the future the key determinants of success in the M2M market," said Jacko Wilbrink, Atmel's ARM(R) Product Marketing Director. "This makes Telit an ideal partner to help us to become established in this market."

    Targeted Use through Flexibility. Telit's PRO(3) professional

    dual-processor range can be adapted to the particular needs of specialist areas thanks to a number of expansion options. The WiFi add-on WA100-DUAL, for example, facilitates the wireless connections over short distances that are needed for fleet management. Hand-held devices and scanners on the loading ramp can thus transfer information on stock management or facilitate data transfer with lorries.

    Stability Thanks to Expert Partners. In view of the company's many years' experience in microcontrollers and its excellent support, Telit has chosen Atmel for close collaboration in product development. Telit has already integrated a previous generation of Atmel's ARM7-based microcontrollers into its products. "The outstanding results of this cooperation and the availability of a high performance ARM9(TM) Embedded Microprocessor in a 10x10 mm BGA package were the foundation of our decision to integrate Atmel's AT91SAM9260 in our PRO(3) professional dual-processor range too," says Dominikus Hierl, President of Telit Wireless Solutions. "The successful launch of the GE863-PRO(3) confirms our decision to continue relying on Atmel processors."

    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.

    (C) 2008 Atmel Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Atmel(R), logo and combinations thereof and others, are registered trademarks or trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Telit(R) is a registered trademark of Telit Communications PLC. ARM(R) is a registered trademark of ARM Ltd. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.

    About Telit

    Telit is a leading global wireless technology company. It develops, manufactures and markets GSM/GPRS, UMTS/HSDPA and CDMA/EVDO enterprise communication modules for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications that streamline business processes by enabling machines, devices and vehicles to communicate via mobile networks. Telit's products are sold and deployed worldwide through offices in China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and the USA. Telit Communications PLC is listed on the AIM (Ticker: TCM). For more information about the company, please visit http://www.telit.com.

    Atmel Product Information:

    Atmel's AT91SAM9260 product information may be retrieved at http://www.atmel.com/dyn/products/product_card.asp?part_id=3870

    Telit Product Information:

    For more information about Telit's GE863-PRO(3), see http://www.telit.com/en/products.php?p_id=3&p_ac=show&p=10

        Atmel Press Contacts:
        Peter Bishop, Communications Manager, Atmel Rousset, Europe
        Tel: +33-(0)4-42-53-61-50, Email: peter.bishop@atmel.com
        Helen Perlegos, Public Relations
        Tel: +1-408-487-2963, Email: hperlegos@Atmel.com
        Telit Press Contacts:
        Alexander Bufalino, SVP Global Marketing
        Tel.: +49-160-96-00-46-13, Fax: +49-335-87-45-345, E-mail:
        alexander.bufalino@telit.com
        Sebastian Lindner
        Tel.: +49-89-41-95-99-77, Fax: +49-89-41-95-99-12, E-mail:
        telit@maisberger.com
      Web site: http://www.atmel.com
                      http://www.telit.com

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Contact:
Peter Bishop, Communications Manager, of Atmel Rousset, Europe,
+33-(0)4-42-53-61-50, peter.bishop@atmel.com, or Helen Perlegos,
Public Relations, +1-408-487-2963, hperlegos@Atmel.com, both of Atmel
Corporation; or Alexander Bufalino, SVP Global Marketing,
+49-160-96-00-46-13, fax +49-335-87-45-345,
alexander.bufalino@telit.com, or Sebastian Lindner,  
+49-89-41-95-99-77, fax +49-89-41-95-99-12, telit@maisberger.com;
both of Telit



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