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Atmel Rolls Out Highly Integrated SiP Device for Automotive LIN Networking Applications

19th October 2010
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Today at SAE Convergence 2010, Atmel introduced a new System-in-Package (SiP) solution for LIN automotive networking applications. As a committed supplier to the automotive industry, the ATA6614 solution is an extension of the existing Atmel LIN SiP family with maximum integration. The new family member combines the Atmel LIN System Basis Chip (SBC) ATA6630 including a LIN transceiver and 5V voltage regulator, and the Atmel ATmega328P with 32k Flash memory in a single package. With this highly integrated solution, customers can create complete LIN nodes using just one IC.

The new LIN SiP is based on the Atmel third-generation LIN intellectual property with significantly improved EMC (electro-magnetic compatibility) and ESD (electronic static discharge) performance, conforming to the latest car manufacturer requirements. It is optimized for low-cost LIN slave applications and enables system cost reductions of up to 25 percent.

The LIN SiP is fully compatible with the Atmel flexible QTouch® library solution to allow button, slider and wheel touch applications to be implemented with the same device which communicate these touches, using available LIN protocol stacks over the LIN network.

This new family features the industry's lowest power LIN wake-up management and advanced AVR microcontrollers which use Atmel picoPower® technology. Power consumption of competing solutions can be up to 10 times higher than the new Atmel SiP family, said Dr. Stephan Hartmann, LIN Marketing Manager at Atmel Corporation.

This family is also suitable for automotive body electronics applications such as door modules, seat control or intelligent sensors, and automotive touch applications, Hartmann continued.

The Atmel ATA6614 extends the flash memory range of the current SiP family, offering a simple upgrade from the ATA6613 where the application requires more than 16k Flash memory. Due to the extremely small QFN48 package of only 7 mm x 7 mm, designers can save more than 50 percent of the printed circuit board size compared to conventional solutions.

To view a demonstration of these products or to learn more about the company's commitment to the automotive industry, visit the Atmel Booth #619 at SAE Convergence 2010.

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