Price Hikes Drive Improved Semiconductor Forecasts

Electronic component suppliers have been complaining for years about eroding prices. With many types components currently in short supply, prices have finally begun to tick up. But are any of these price hikes sustainable? Typically, the answer is “no.” A continual stream of better-smaller-faster components exerts downward price pressure on older-generation products. However, one research…

Mouser Supplies Atmel 8-Bit ATtiny Microcontrollers

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the ATtiny102 and ATtiny104 microcontrollers from Atmel. Part of Atmel’s new AVR Tiny portfolio, these small 8-bit microcontrollers are optimized for applications that require performance, power efficiency, and ease of use in a small package. The Atmel ATtiny102 and ATtiny104 microcontrollers, available from Mouser Electronics, are low-power CMOS 8-bit…

Microchip Bid for Atmel ‘Superior’

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions today announced that it was informed last night that the Board of Directors of Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) had determined that Microchip’s  proposal to acquire Atmel for $8.15 per share in a cash and stock transaction constitutes a “Superior Proposal”…

Micrium Supports Atmel Cortex M7-based MCUs

Micrium, the premier RTOS provider for embedded systems and the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced commercial real-time operating system (RTOS) support for the Atmel® | SMART ARM® Cortex® M7-based SAM V71/V70/E70 and S70 microcontrollers (MCUs). “The industry brings a number of performance and secure communication requirements to the table for embedded systems that benefit significantly…

Atmel Posts 6% Drop in Q3 Revenue

San Jose, Calif. — Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2015. Revenue for the third quarter of 2015 was $286.5 million, a 6% decrease compared to $306.4 million for the second quarter of 2015, and 23% lower compared to $374.5 million for the third quarter of 2014. GAAP…

Atmel Ships Bluetooth Smart Solution in Volume Production

San Jose, Calif. — Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a global leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch solutions, today announced it is shipping the industry’s lowest power, smallest footprint Bluetooth® Smart solution in production quantities. Consuming less than 4mA in RX and less than 3mA TX at 3.6V, the devices increase battery life by as much as one year or…

IoT Fuels MCU Growth

Englewood, Colo. – Applications around the Internet of things (IoT), including connected cars, wearable electronics, and building automation, is fueling growth in the microcontroller (MCU) market. The MCU market for these and other IoT applications is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11 percent, from $1.7 billion in 2014 to…

Dialog Buys Atmel to Cut Dependence on Apple

Dialog Semiconductor PLC said it will pay approximately $4.6 billion for Atmel Corp. to further deepen relationship with the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers and simultaneously diversify its revenue base to attract new customers in the fast-growing market for connected devices, or Internet of Things, (IoT), and the automotive industry. The combination of the two…