Atmel Corp. has released a new family of AVR® wireless microcontroller (MCU) devices targeting wireless applications such as ZigBee® and IPv6/6LoWPAN. The ATmega128RFA1 is IEEE 802.15.4 compliant and combines Atmel’s picoPower® AVR MCU and a 2.4 GHz RF transceiver. Atmel’s picoPower technology offers ultra-low power consumption to ultimately enable longer battery life for wireless ZigBee applications, including smart energy, building automation, telecom and health care. ATmega128RFA1 is supported by Atmel’s QTouch® Library, making it easy to combine capacitive touch functionality with RF in a single chip.
“The introduction of Atmel’s new wireless MCU family further demonstrates its commitment to the ZigBee market,” said Jagdish Rebello, PhD, Director and Principal Analyst, Wireless Communications, iSuppli Corporation. “As local governments, such as the state of California, pass Smart Grid legislation, local communities will begin to launch smart meters and other ‘energy friendly’ devices into their infrastructure. Many of these applications will require chips such as Atmel’s new ATmega128RFA1. iSuppli forecasts that the ZigBee semiconductor market will grow to $636 million in 2013.”
ATmega128RFA1 is an IEEE 802.15.4 compliant single-chip, combining the industry- leading AVR microcontroller and best-in-class 2.4GHz RF transceiver providing industry’s highest RF performance for single-chip devices, with a link budget of 103.5dBm.