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Atmel bolsters flash MCU with new FPU

17 Jan 2013

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Microcontroller and touch technology solutions provider Atmel Corporation has recently announced that it has expanded its ARM Cortex M4 based flash family to include the SAM4E series. The SAM4E series features advanced connectivity peripherals, a floating point unit (FPU) advanced analog capabilities and higher processing power.

The SAM4E devices are designed for industrial automation, home and building control, machine-to-machine-communications, automotive aftermarket and energy management applications.

Atmel SAM4E ARM Cortex-M4 processor-based MCUs offer more processing power with a maximum operating frequency of 120MHz, a FPU and an integrated cache providing zero wait state flash access at full speed. The SAM4E includes embedded flash memory up to 1MB, safety and security features, and extensive communication links such as Ethernet IEEE1588 device and dual CAN. The high performance and high-system integration of the SAM4E hopes to address the growing application requirements for high-speed wired and wireless communications.

The advanced analog technology on the device includes two independent 16bit ADCs offering dual sample and hold capability, offset and gain error correction, programmable-gain amplifier enabling measurement of a wide input signal range with high precision.

To help accelerate a designer's project, the SAM4E series, is supported by the Atmel Studio 6 integrated development platform (IDP). Available as a free download, Atmel Studio 6 includes the Atmel Software Framework, a complete library of source code, project examples, drivers and stacks. The IDP also features the Atmel Gallery app store for embedded tools and extensions and the Atmel Spaces collaborative workspace for software and hardware projects based on Atmel microcontrollers.

SAM4E series is available in two memory options 512KB and 1MB in BGA and QFP packages.

Pricing for the SAM4E series starts at $5.10 USD for 1,000-piece quantities.

The new SAM4E 1MB is sampling now, with general availability in February 2013. The ATSAM4E-EK evaluation kit is available now to support the SAM4E device enabling design engineers to begin prototyping and get a head start on their designs.

The Atmel Studio 6 is available for download here.




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