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ATMEL OFFERS LOW-VOLTAGE 128-MACROCELL CPLD
SAN JOSE, CA March 17, 1999 . . . In its on-going expansion of devices to serve
portable applications such as PCMCIA cards and hand-held instrumentation, Atmel
Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) announced today the newest addition to its low-voltage logic
portfolio of Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLDs). The ATF1508ASV is a 3.3
low-voltage version of its industry-standard, EEPROM-based, in-system programmable, 128
Designed for portable, battery-operated systems and power sensitive applications, the
ATF1508AS offers 3.0-volt operation with propagation delays (Tpd) as low as 12
nanoseconds. Similar to its 5-volt counterpart, the ATF1508AS, this new PLD has
128-macrocells and 6,000 equivalent user-configurable logic gates. Both devices are
pin-compatible with other popular 128-macrocell programmable logic devices on the market.
This new low-voltage version of Atmel's standard device offers the same features of
optimum utilizability to portable applications as it maintains a wide range of
programmable logic products offering users both low- voltage and low-power options for
According to Forrest Huff, EPLD marketing manager, "Optimum utilizability means
the Atmel architecture provides users more routing inputs into the macrocell (40 vs. 36)
with an enhanced switch-matrix containing a single-level mux for optimum routing
resources. This combination of better connectivity plus an enhanced switch-matrix allows
users to achieve ASIC-like levels of logic utilization while still being able to lock pins
before the design is complete. Similarly, board layouts can be finalized early in the
design process by fixing the pin-out and making use of the in-system programmability,
allowing for shorter design cycles and faster transition to volume production."
The ATF1508ASV is offered in 84-pin PLCC, 100-pin TQFP, 100-pin PQFP and 160-pin PQFP
packages. Prices for the ATF1508ASV start at $6.80 in quantities of 100 units. Founded in
1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California with principal
manufacturing facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nantes and Rousset, France and
Heilbronn, Germany. Atmel designs, develops, manufactures and markets on a worldwide basis
semiconductors, including nonvolatile and embedded memory, logic, analog, microcontroller
products and system-level integration (SLI) solutions using advanced CMOS, BiCMOS, BiPolar
and SiGe process technologies.
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