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Synapse's SNAP Available on 2Mbps Atmel Wireless Microcontroller to Offer Internet-Enabled Wireless Mesh Network

SNAP's Small Footprint Is a Perfect Fit for Atmel's Easy-to-Use Low-Power RF Single-Chip Design (April 27, 2010)

HUNTSVILLE, AL and SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/27/10 -- Synapse Wireless®, Inc. and Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) today announced that Synapse's SNAP® network operating system is now available for Atmel's new highly integrated ATmega128RFA1 wireless microcontroller.

The new combination embeds Synapse's SNAP, the industry's first Internet-enabled, wireless mesh network operating system, into the Atmel ATmega128RFA1 single-chip AVR® microcontroller with a 2.4GHz RF transceiver, utilizing the 2Mbps high speed mode.

Together, SNAP and Atmel ATmega128RFA1 provide game-changing productivity improvements, such as SNAP's on-board Python interpreter for rapid application development and over-the-air programming, and Atmel's low-power RF single-chip design that saves board space for their customers and lowers the overall Bill of Materials and power consumption. The IEEE 802.15.4 market is projected to grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of nearly 80% over the next several years, reaching almost 500 million chipset shipments in 2014 according to ABI Research.

Available for embedded designs or as a module, the ATmega128RFA1 is the most power-efficient MCU available (250nA deep sleep) and enables a new generation of battery-driven systems. With SNAP, developers can easily tap into this functionality and integrate such features as wake-on-radio and high data rate modes (2Mbits/sec) into their product designs.


Atmel customers will have access to the complete Synapse product line, which includes RF modules, Portal™ for network management and rapid application development, and SNAP® Connect for seamless access to the Internet. Also available will be Synapse Design Services for innovative engineering solutions in embedded wireless technology.

"The 8-bit ATmega128RFA1 was designed for networking applications delivering low power, and high performance in a small package," said Magnus Pedersen, Atmel product marketing director of MCU wireless solutions. "The SNAP mesh network operating system supports these goals and was also designed for Internet connectivity. Together, this gives our customers tremendous scalability and flexibility in their product designs."

"Our cooperation with Atmel, and SNAP's port to their latest entry in the growing IEEE 802.15.4 market, are important steps in bringing advanced integrated wireless capabilities to Atmel customers. With the added benefits of easy, fast application development from SNAP, Atmel will continue to lead the industry in providing productive and innovative products," said Wade Patterson, Synapse Founder, President and CEO.

Product Description and Availability

Synapse's SNAP technology is an award-winning IEEE 802.15.4, instant-on, multi-hop, self-healing mesh networking operating system with an embedded Python interpreter for running applications. SNAP supports battery-powered routing, AES encryption, over-the-air programming and seamless integration to the Internet over a broad range of processors. Synapse currently has over 900 registered SNAP users.

The Synapse SNAP evaluation download for the ATmega128RFA1 is available today. For more information: www.synapse-wireless.com

The Atmel ATmega128RFA1 is an IEEE 802.15.4-compliant MCU, combining the industry-leading AVR microcontroller and a best-in-class 2.4GHz transceiver to deliver the industry's fastest, low-power, 2Mbps RF performance on a single-chip device. The device features wake-on-radio, 32-bit MAC symbol counter, temperature sensor, automatic transmission modes, 128-bit AES crypto engine, true random-number generator, high data rate modes and antenna diversity support.

The Atmel ATmega128RFA1 is available today from Atmel. For information and datasheet: www.atmel.com/wireless/

About Atmel
Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of capacitive touch solutions, 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.

About Synapse Wireless, Inc.
Synapse Wireless, Inc., located in Huntsville, Alabama, is driving innovation in the machine-to-machine (M2M) communication market. This market is projected to grow to $14 billion by 2013. Synapse provides intelligent, wireless control and monitoring based on the SNAP® network operating system. Synapse's Portal™ and SNAP® Connect provide a complete software development environment for easy application development and fast time to revenue. Synapse RF Engine® modules have achieved ZigBee® Compliant Platform (ZCP) certification. Synapse Design Services provides comprehensive design and implementation support for OEMs and partners. For more information, visit: Synapse-Wireless.com

Synapse and the Synapse logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Synapse Wireless, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. All Synapse products are patent pending. © Synapse Wireless Inc. 2010. All Synapse® products are patent pending.

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Bryan Floyd
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Synapse Wireless Inc.
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Agnes Toan
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Atmel Corporation
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