Category: Atmel

Secure96 Security ICs and TPM Mezzanine for 96Boards

Posted by – September 28, 2017

Joakim Bech presents the Secure96 mezzannine security board, daughter board for engineers to work with symmetric, asymmetric IC’s as well as a TPM chip. You can see Joakim Bech’s presentation and slides on this product here.

Microchip ARM, PIC and AVR Microcontrollers

Microchip acquired Atmel in 2016 for $3.56 Billion, this among other acquisitions by Microchip, grows their Microcontroller portfolio to include Atmel’s ARM based SAM Microcontrollers (which I have previously filmed here: SAM S70 and E70 ARM Cortex-M7, SAM L21 ARM Cortex-M0+, Atmel BTLC1000 Bluetooth ARM Cortex-M0, SMART SAM W25 Wi-Fi for IoT with ARM Cortex-M0+, together with Microchip’s own ARM cores, and their MIPS-based PIC-32 cores, a few older PIC cores, Atmel’s 8 and 32-bit AVR cores among other. Microchip Technology also provides Serial EEPROM devices, Serial SRAM devices, KEELOQ devices, radio frequency (RF) devices, thermal, power and battery management analog devices, as well as linear, interface and mixed signal devices. Some of the interface devices include USB, ZigBee/MiWi, Controller Area Network, LoRa, SIGFOX and Ethernet.

96Boards IoT Starter Kit with UART and Arduino-compatible Sensors Platform

Posted by – October 20, 2015

Grant Likely of Linaro introduces the IoT Starter Kit with retail price aimed at around $45 which includes the 96Boards UART also available at and the Arduino-compatible 96Boards Sensors adapter board.

Makeblock Maker Kit 3D printing, Painting and more robots

Posted by – October 15, 2015

Makeblock is an open-source robots construction platform with aluminum mechanical parts, easy-to-use electronics modules and software, also compatible with LEGO bricks and many industry standard parts.
Makeblock shows their maker kits including 3D printer, Kids education robots, DIY painting robots on China Sourcing Fair. These are Powered by different SOC platforms like Atmel, Freescale, ST and Intel Edison, Based on Arduino, with different sensors, support for Android/iOS/windows app control through phone/PC via bluetooth.

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Acer Cloud Professor – IoT Education Kit

Posted by – September 9, 2015

Acer Cloud Professor is a “Plug, Play, Code & Make” IoT starter kit for people in all ages to feel the vibe of Internet of Things development. Using mobile devices as input interface, anyone can conduct IoT remote control by simply following the tutorial kits by any popular programming languages such as Scratch, LiveCode, JavaScript, and C/C++. Its open architecture, open source, and cross platform App features support major OS. Users can get started now with Cloud Professor’s easy and quick prototyping tool to go instantly on to the Acer Cloud. Users can simply plug it in and be ready to go!

Atmel Powered LocoRobo Educational Robots, Arduino, Bluetooth 4.0, IOS, Android

Posted by – August 15, 2015

LocoRobo is an educational robotics platform Powered by Atmel Processors, open-source Arduino system, work through Bluetooth 4.0 with iOS, Android and Web app. Children can start basic coding the robot with apps. it also support 4 different coding languages including Python, C, Javascript, Matlab for advance users, featuring a ring of multi-color LEDs on its top, it shows color animations, supports charging via micro USB by a build-in lithium-ion battery. The founder of LocoRobo, Pramod ,a Ph.D of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor Drexel University in Philadelphia, introduces more about their educational robots in this video. For more info please visit:

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Shenzhen Maker Faire: Atmel SMART SAM L21 ARM Cortex M0+

Atmel SMART SAM L21 is the world’s lowest power ARM Processor based on ARM Cortex-M0+, can use as low as 35 µA/MHz in active mode and 200nA in Sleep mode. Atmel shows examples in Shenzhen, including to run an E Ink diplay, showing how they are getting hardware makers to use this solution for ultra-low-power Internet of Things (IoT). The Atmel module can also feature Full Speed USB host and device, Event System and Sleepwalking, 12-bit analog, AES, capacitive touch sensing, built in opAmps and much more. As introduced at the Shenzhen Maker Faire show, these Atmel modules are sold to makers on and

Makeblock Maker Open Shenzhen (Day 2), 48-hour Robotic Competition

Posted by – June 21, 2015

Maker Open is a 48 hours international robotic competition held by Makeblock, SIAT and Shenzhen Government. Makeblock is a robot construction platform, which provide anodized aluminum extrusion mechanics, easy-to-use electronics and software that are supported by each other. Makeblock’s mission is to lower the skill level requirement of making things!

There are 12 Maker teams from overseas and China joining the 2015 Shenzhen Maker Open, including students from MIT, university Utah, makers from Italy and Austria, as well as the students from Peking university, student from Shenzhen high schools and more. The Maker game theme is “music/chess/writing/drawing” in Chinese tradional archaism called“琴棋书画qinqishuhua”.

Maker Open came from Makeblock’s company trandition activity – 24 hours makerathon! Makeblock brings it to Shenzhen Maker Week.

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Lowest Power WiFi in the World: Atmel | SMART SAM W25 Wi-Fi for IoT with ARM Cortex-M0+ with up to 10 years of battery life

The Atmel | SMART SAM W25 Wi-Fi module brings the world’s lowest power Wi-Fi module with their ARM Cortex-M0+ microcontroller and the Atmel WINC1500 low-power Wi-Fi 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11 b/g/n SoC (System on Chip) optimized for the IoT market. It provides integrated software solution with application and security protocols such as TLS, integrated network services (TCP/IP stack) which are available through Atmel’s Studio 6 integrated development platform (IDP). The Atmel SMART SAM W25 Wi-Fi module can run Wi-Fi for IoT applications for upwards more than 10 years on AAA batteries when pulling IoT data at a 30 minute interval speed.

Lowest Power Bluetooth in the World: Atmel BTLC1000 Bluetooth for IoT on ARM Cortex-M0 with up to 9 years of battery life

Posted by – March 26, 2015

The Atmel BTLC1000 Bluetooth Smart SoC can run at sub-1µA in standby mode in a 2.1mmX2.1mm Wafer Level Chipscale Package (WLCSP), while delivering the industry’s best dynamic power consumption with a potential battery life of up to 9 years on a coin cell battery. Atmel designed BTLC1000 specifically for the rapidly growing IoT and for wearables market, including portable medical, activity trackers, human Interface devices, gaming controllers, beacons and much more.

Expanding upon the Atmel SmartConnect wireless portfolio, the BTLC1000 is a Bluetooth Smart link controller integrated circuit that connects as a companion to any Atmel AVR or Atmel | SMART MCU through a UART or SPI API requiring minimal resource on the host side. The standalone Atmel | SMART SAMB11 Bluetooth Smart Flash MCU leverages the embedded ARM Cortex-M0 core combined with the integrated analog and communication peripherals to implement application-specific functionalities and is available as a system-in-package or a certified module. Both devices are fully integrated with a self-contained Bluetooth Smart controller and stack enabling wireless connectivity for a variety of applications to be quickly implemented without the wireless expertise typically required.

Free Electrons Thomas Petazzoni and Opersys Karim Yaghmour at Atmel booth at Embedded World 2015

Posted by – March 26, 2015

In this interview, Free Electrons CTO Thomas Petazzoni and Opersys founder Karim Yaghmour exchange some thoughts about embedded Linux vs. Android, and then Thomas moves on to describe in more details the activities of the embedded Linux services company Free Electrons. Both Free Electrons and Opersys are unique amongst others things by the fact that they provide all their training materials freely on the web! Thomas also discusses the numerous Linux kernel contributions made by Free Electrons, which is ranked the 7th contributing company for the next Linux kernel release, in number of patches, an impressive result for a 9 persons business: Free Electrons has developed a core expertise in pushing the support for ARM processors to the upstream Linux kernel. More specifically, the work done by Free Electrons engineers on Atmel ARM platforms is presented, since Free Electrons was demonstrating an Atmel SAMA5D3 platform with a brand new DRM/KMS graphics driver that has been developped by Free Electrons engineer Boris Brezillon and recently merged in Linux 4.0.

Atmel | SMART SAM S70 and E70 ARM Cortex-M7 (World’s fastest ARM Cortex-M)

The Atmel | SMART SAM S70 and E70 microcontrollers are based on the high-performance 32-bit ARM Cortex-M7 RISC processors with double precision floating point unit. They operate at a maximum speed of 300MHz and feature up to 2048KB of Flash, dual 16KB of cache memory and up to 384KB of SRAM. They can achieve 1500 CoreMarks or up to 645 DMIPS. On the memory side, they have a flexible SRAM which can be configured as Tightly Coupled Memory (TCM) up to 256KB. Allowing execution of deterministic code or fast processing data. Code executed from TCM is executed at full speed so at 300MHz. The SRAM is multi-port which is reducing the latency over the bus matrix. When they have a lot of burst the latency can be reduced by 16 thanks to the 4 ports. To accelerate the execution of the code from on-chip Flash or nonvolatile memory connected to QuadSPI or over the External Bus Interface, they have integrated a huge L1 cache of 16kByte for the instruction and 16kByte for the data. Both with ECC. The 384KByte of SRAM can be extended through the SDRAM interface. Looking at the features now, they have plenty of serial communications such as SPI, SDIO or USART. Atmel has one High-speed USB Host and Device, with integrated PHY which obviously save some cost and PCB space. There is one CMOS Camera interface for image acquisition. All the series offer two Advanced Analog Frontend (AFE) with Dual Sample and hold capability and Up to 16-bit resolution with hardware oversampling. They also have programmable Gain for small signal input. All series offer real-time event management through direct connection between PWM, Timer and ADC for motor control application. Both series are based on the same feature set, the only difference is coming from the Ethernet, CAN support (SAME70 integrates Ethernet and CAN). Atmel offers all series in BGA and QFP from 64 to 144 pins. Small 64-pin pincount option offers an entry level form factor high performance MCU. All series support the extended Industrial temperature range from -40 to 105°C.

Atmel QTouch Surface Platform, Eirik Slettahjell

Posted by – March 9, 2015

World’s lowest power capacitive touch, the new Atmel QTouch Surface platform builds on the market-proven QTouch capacitive touch button sensing technology supported by Atmel | SMART MCUs. The new solution includes an on-chip peripheral touch controller (PTC), the cornerstone technology that enables higher performance capacitive touch on Atmel MCUs. Consuming less than 4µA, the QTouch Surface technology is perfect for wearables and other battery-powered applications that require a capacitive touch user interface.

Secure IoT for the future: Thread stack mbed OS on ARM Cortex-M using Atmel 802.15.4 radios

Posted by – February 25, 2015

Seppo Takalo, Senior software engineer, talks about the work happening at the Thread group to enable secure and reliable Internet of Things, formed from companies who work with 802.15.4 based mesh networking components. The goal is to provide a standard for Secure, Robust, self healing, Native IPv6 based mesh networking that runs on top of 6LoWPAN and uses standard 802.15.4 radios. You can find more about Thread at:

Atmel Automotive Avant Car demo, Rob Valiton

Posted by – January 26, 2015

Atmel’s Automotive Group showcases their cutting edge automotive infotainment user interface demo using Atmel QTouch and Atmel MaxTouch metal mesh curved display technologies, with up to a hundred million lines of code, at least 30 MCU-controlled devices, and some with as many as 100, the vehicle is the ideal application to bring smart, connected devices in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT). Automotive technology is quickly becoming an integral part of the digital lifestyle as consumers want to bring their mobile devices seamlessly into their vehicles. The next-generation AvantCar 2.0 showcases connectivity to the vehicle through an advanced HMI console connected to a concept car highlighting car access, car networking, MCUs, audio-over-Ethernet, MHL support and security technologies. The 2.5D (two-and-a-half dimensional) car showcases several of Atmel’s automotive technologies in a car access simulation for the Passive EntryGo, LIN communication in a car network and Car Area Network (CAN) communications—all systems that use Atmel MCUs, LIN transceivers and SBCs. Additionally, AvantCar 2.0 demonstrates audio streaming over Ethernet-AVB.

World’s lowest power: Atmel SMART SAM L21 ARM Cortex-M0+, Andreas Eieland

Posted by – January 22, 2015

This is the lowest power consuming 32bit ARM Processor in the world based on ARM Cortex-M0+ for wearables (can be with basic touch) and for the sensor networks in the Internet of Things, can run up to more than a decade on a battery. The new Ultra low power Atmel | SMART SAM L21 based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ Core uses less than a third of the power consumption of competitive solutions and can run in active mode down to 35uA/MHz and retain 32kB of Flash and run a real time clock at 900nA. In this demo the SAM L21 is powered from the heat of a hand through a Peltier Element, this is enough energy to modulate a music file and transmit it with AM modulation at 1MHz to the nearby radio receiver. This demo shows that the SAM L21 is truly unique in supporting ultra-low power consumption in active mode without having to limit Flash or SRAM size, it is perfect for IoT and other battery powered applications where large embedded memories are needed.

Atmel Corporation discuss Internet of Things

Posted by – January 21, 2015

Atmel has over 40,000 customers of its Microcontroller units – companies embedding MCUs to make devices powering the Internet of Things. For example, Arduino devices use Atmel MCUs. The Arduino WIFI shield includes a new Atmel MCU processor built from the ground up for WIFI running on batteries. Atmel is launching the lowest power 32bit ARM Cortex-M0+ processor (see their press release here) and Atmel is also launching the highest performance ARM Cortex-M7 Microcontroler (see press release here)

This video was taken at the IDTechEx event Internet of Things Applications. For more see

Movon Smart Car-DVR towards Self-Driving Car functionality, and Invehicle Infotainment

Movon makes a PCB module based computer which is primarily designed for in vehicle purposes. The module computer runs an embedded Linux operating system. The processor technology is a Arm Cortex A5 from atmel. Movon’s technology is being used by car companies such as TATA. Movon also does testing for other companies such as Samsung. Movon will in the future be developing a driverless car system.

Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2014

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Atmel Sensor Hub Solutions

Posted by – December 25, 2013

Atmel shows their latest Sensor Hub microcontroller solutions. Here showing a demo showing accurate controlling and measuring with 3d tracking. Showing also a true virtual reality augmented reality 3D accelerated software demo.

Arduino Due with ARM Cortex-M3 explained by Massimo Banzi, Co-founder of Arduino

Posted by – February 9, 2013

Possibly the biggest project in the world getting people involved with prototyping and developing hardware and software projects, Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is an Interaction Designer, Educator and Open Source Hardware advocate.

The Arduino Due is a microcontroller board based on the Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3 CPU. It is the first Arduino board based on a 32-bit ARM core microcontroller. It has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 12 can be used as PWM outputs), 12 analog inputs, 4 UARTs (hardware serial ports), a 84 MHz clock, an USB OTG capable connection, 2 DAC (digital to analog), 2 TWI, a power jack, an SPI header, a JTAG header, a reset button and an erase button.