San Jose, CA, Atmel Corp.'s newest AVR microcontrollers boast power-saving technology that provides multi-year battery life in lighting control, security, keyless entry, ZigBee and other applications that spend a significant amount of their time in sleep mode.
The picoPower technology reduces "power-save" power consumption to as little as 650 nA, even with the 32 kHz clock running and superior brown-out detection, the industry's lowest RTC sleep power consumption.
The three picoPower devices now available are the ATmega164P, ATmega324P and ATmega644P 44-pin general purpose microcontrollers. All three microcontrollers are pin and feature compatible, differing only in the size of Flash, EEPROM and SRAM memory.
ATmega164P has 16 KB of self- programmable Flash program memory, whereas the ATmega324P and ATmega644P have 32KB and 64KB, respectively. All three devices feature a 10-bit ADC, two USARTs, SPI, Two-Wire-Interface and operate from 1.8 to 5.5 volts with up to 20 MIPS throughput.
AVR picoPower microcontrollers consume as little as 340 uA in active mode, 650 nA in power-save mode with real time counter (RTC), and 100 nA in power-down mode. They will be pin-, performance- and code-compatible with existing AVR microcontrollers.
The ATmega164P and ATmega324P in 40-pin PDIP, 44-pin TQFP and 44-pin QFN packages are available now for sampling. Production quantities will be available in 4Q 2006. Volume prices for 10ku are $2.23 for ATmega164P and $2.78 forATtiny324P respectively.
ATmega644P will be available for sampling in 1Q 2007 and production quantities in 2Q 2007. Volume prices for 10ku will be $3.72.
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