NORRKOPING, Sweden -- San Jose-based Atmel Corp. today announced plans to set up a new design center here with Acreo, a Swedish microelectronics institute focused on optics and electronics R&D. The institute acts as the interface for international companies participating in Sweden's Socware design cluster, which deals with system-on-chip technology for wireless and broadband communications.
"The new center greatly enhances our capacity for meeting the ever-increasing demands of the wireless market," said Tony Giraudo, vice president and general manager of radio-frequency (RF) wireless products at Atmel. "The switch from a wired to a wireless world is big business. Worldwide, there are expected to be 1.3 billion subscribers to wireless services by 2005 -- about one-fifth of the world's population,'' he predicted.
The center will be Atmel first design facilities to focus on the new and advanced silicon-germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS process technology for next-generation cellular phones. Atmel current has 24 design centers around the world.