Atmel's AM/FM Front-end IC T4260 Receives iBiquity Certification for HD Radio(TM) Receivers

HEILBRONN, Germany and COLUMBIA, Md., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, and iBiquity Digital, the sole developer of digital HD Radio(TM) technology, announced today that iBiquity Digital has certified Atmel's T4260 RF tuner chip for use in automotive and home HD Radio receivers.

The T4260 is a complete front-end solution for both AM and FM reception. It is used to tune the radio and converts the signal into a frequency that the receiver can decode. The integrated fast fractional PLL allows locking times of less than 1 ms. The flexible IF output frequency enables designers to adapt the IC to various customers needs.

"Over the course of the past year, HD Radio technology has been widely acknowledged by broadcasters and receiver manufacturers as the future of AM and FM radio," said Roland Polonio, Atmel's Broadcast Radio Marketing Manager. "We look forward to working with iBiquity and its partners to ensure HD Radio products continue to meet the highest standards for audio quality."

"We congratulate Atmel for meeting the stringent requirements of our Tuner Certification Plan, " said Jeffrey Jury, Chief Operating Officer of iBiquity Digital Corporation. "The availability of another tuner design option is an important development in the rollout of HD Radio technology as it will help receiver manufacturers get HD Radio products to market faster and help reduce the associated manufacturing costs."

Samples of the AM/FM Front-end IC T4260 in SSO44 packages are available. The device is currently manufactured in high production volume. Pricing starts at 4.50 US$ (10 k).

   Footnote
   AM = Amplitude Modulation
   FM = Frequency Modulation
   HD = High Definition
   PLL = Phase Locked Loop

  About Atmel

Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You Are(SM).

About iBiquity Digital

iBiquity Digital is the sole developer and licenser of HD Radio(TM) technology in the U.S., which is transforming today's AM and FM radio stations to digital, enabling radically upgraded sound, crystal-clear reception and new wireless data services. The company's investors include 15 of the nation's top radio broadcasters, including ABC, Clear Channel and Viacom; leading financial institutions, such as Grotech Capital Group, J.P. Morgan Partners, New Venture Partners, Pequot Capital and J&W Seligman; and strategic partners Ford Motor Company, Harris, Texas Instruments and Visteon. iBiquity, named one of Deloitte's Fast 500 Companies, is a privately held with operations in Columbia, MD, Detroit, MI, Belmont, CA and Warren, NJ. For more information please visit: http://www.ibiquity.com/ .

NOTE: Atmel(R), logo and combinations thereof, are registered trademarks, and Everywhere You Are(SM) is the trademark of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.

Information:

Atmel's AM/FM Front-end IC T4260 product information may be retrieved at: http://www.atmel.com/dyn/products/product_card.asp?part_id=2340

    Atmel Press Contacts:
    Dr. Susanne van Clewe, Marcom Manager Communications and Automotive
    Products
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    Clive Over, Director of Press Relations - USA and Asia
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    Veronique Sablereau, Corporate Communications Manager - Europe
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    iBiquity Digital Press Contacts:
    Gil Chorbajian, Ogilvy Public Relations
    Phone:  +1-518-355-0966 (office), +1-518-852-9528 (mobile),
    Email:  
Email Contact

    Vicki Stearn, iBiquity Digital Corporation
    Phone:  +1-410-872-1565 (office), +1-301-656-1054 (mobile)
    Email:  
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CONTACT: Dr. Susanne van Clewe, Marcom Manager Communications and
Automotive Products, +49 7131 67-2081, or Email Contact, or
Clive Over, Director of Press Relations - USA and Asia, +1-408-451-2855, or
Email Contact, or Veronique Sablereau, Corporate Communications Manager
- Europe, +33 1 30 60 70 68, or fax, + 49 7131 67-2423, or
Email Contact, all of Atmel Corporation; or Gil Chorbajian of
Ogilvy Public Relations, +1-518-355-0966 (office), or +1-518-852-9528
(mobile), or Email Contact, for iBiquity Digital, or Vicki
Stearn, or iBiquity Digital, +1-410-872-1565 (office), or +1-301-656-1054
(mobile), or Email Contact

Web site: http://www.atmel.com/




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