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Atmel – Company Profile

Introduction

Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) is traditionally known for being a leader in designing and manufacturing advanced logic, capacitive touch solutions, microcontrollers, mixed-signal, and nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components.  As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues its growth, Atmel sees itself as one of the companies in the middle of this movement.  The company has been developing innovative technologies that enable Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, as well as the industrial internet.

Atmel is involved in several aspects of IoT. Atmel enables makers and designers with all of the essential basic building blocks for IoT applications.  The company is involved in the following:

  • Embedded Processing
  • Security
  • Sensing
  • Communication
  • Making Development Simple

Embedded Processing

Atmel’s AVR and ARM-based microcontrollers (MCUs) are focused on delivering an energy-efficient and strong performance combination. 

Security

Atmel’s CryptoAuthentication devices have protected hardware key storage, which offers an ideal way to ensure trusts with devices.  One of the benefits of Atmel’s security focus is that Atmel does all of the ultra-secure crypto-engineering.  The company delivers tiny protected hardware devices, which come with the tools that are necessary to add security into a digital system when needed. 

Sensing

Atmel has formed partnerships with market-leading sensor software providers and manufacturers in order to be able to offer a complete system solution, which runs on Atmel’s platform. 

Communication

Atmel utilizes a few different forms of wireless technologies in order to cover multiple in-demand wireless arenas to enable IoT communication.  The following are the different forms of wireless technology that the company uses:

  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.15.4 (Zigbee, 6LowPan)

Also, Atmel offers wireless solutions in System-On-Chip (SoC) and modules that are able to provide ideal solutions that designers are looking for when they have no prior wireless or RF experience and are seeking to add connectivity. 

Making Development Simple

One of the benefits of Atmel in regards to IoT, is that the company supplies a comprehensive development platform that has:

  • Advanced features
  • Debug integration
  • Software ecosystem

All of Atmel’s products run in the same software ecosystem, which gives users the option to switch between different IDEs with ease.  This allows developers to create the design they are looking for quickly.