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Atmel and SIGFOX Join Forces on Long-range Internet of Things

SAN JOSE, Calif. and LABEGE, France – Nov. 12, 2014 – Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML), a global leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch solutions, and SIGFOX, a pioneer in cost-effective long range, low data rate, energy-efficient IoT connectivity, today announced Atmel’s ATA8520 device achieved the SIGFOX-ready certification, making it the first SIGFOX ReadyTM certified system-on-chip (SoC) solution.

The combination of Atmel’s dedicated SIGFOX-certified IC with SIGFOX’s proprietary network enables low cost, long-range, low-power wireless connectivity for a wide array of IoT applications including environmental sensors, smart meters, patient monitors, security devices and street lights. Atmel’s new ATA8520 SoC and SIGFOX’s scalable, high-performance network offer industry-leading wireless performance and ultra-low power consumption in a cost-effective solution for wireless networking applications operating in the sub-GHz band.

The SIGFOX global IoT network operates in several European countries and will begin deployment in the U.S. later this year. The network is designed exclusively for long range, small-message device communication. SIGFOX and Atmel drive IoT device cost, service cost and power consumption dramatically down compared to traditional cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity. This effectively eliminates existing cost barriers and battery service life constraints for connected device deployment which enables rapid IoT adoption in existing and new IoT market segments. 

“As a leader in the microcontroller, security and IoT market, Atmel is committed to enabling IoT developers to bring their SIGFOX connected devices quickly to market with Atmel’s SIGFOX-certified and cost optimized solutions,” said Matthias Kaestner, vice president of Atmel’s RF and automotive business. “The new SIGFOX-certified Atmel ATA8520 SoC further strengthens our position as a leading supplier of wireless solutions for smart energy, connected home and other monitoring and control applications for the Internet of Things.”

“SIGFOX works closely with providers of enabling technologies through our SIGFOX ReadyTM program to certify their devices and make it easy for customers to adopt IoT through our network,” said Stuart Lodge, SIGFOX executive vice president of global sales. “The continuing global roll-out of our network relies on the availability of world-class wireless ICs, and Atmel’s solution delivers the industry-leading RF performance, low-power consumption and low-cost operation that our customers require.”

About ATA8520 Wireless Solutions

The Atmel ATA8520 features the industry’s highest performance, lowest power sub-GHz SoC transceiver designed to maximize range and battery life for power-sensitive wireless systems. Offering frequency coverage from 315 to 915MHz, the ATA8520 transceivers offer industry-leading RF performance resulting in extended wireless range and compliance with the industry’s most stringent narrowband regulatory standards. The ATA8520 transceivers provide exceptional power efficiency resulting in fewer battery replacements and/or reduced battery size.

About SIGFOX

SIGFOX is the only provider of dedicated cellular connectivity for the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine communications. The company’s network complements existing high-bandwidth systems by providing economical, energy-efficient two-way transmission of small quantities of data, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of IoT and M2M solutions, and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices. SIGFOX‘s global network is deployed through the SIGFOX Network Operator™ partnership program, with more than one million square kilometers already covered. The company is headquartered in Labège, France, and has offices in Mountain View, Calif., and Madrid, Spain. For more information, visit www.sigfox.com and follow the company on Twitter @sigfox.

About Atmel

Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, 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 intelligent and connected solutions focused on the industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.

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