Development Kit targets customizable ARM7-based MCUs.

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AT91CAP7X-DK development kit allows designers to develop, emulate, and migrate ARM7(TM)-plus-FPGA designs to CAP7 customizable microcontrollers. It includes microcontroller with metal-programmable block with 450K as well as USB 2.0 device, SPI master and slave, 2 USARTs, 3 x 16-bit timer counters, and 8-channel/10-bit A/D converter. Motherboard, with 3.5 in. ¼ VGA TFT color LCD, has extensive set of interface devices, which are controlled by device controllers embedded in MCU.

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Development Kit for Customizable ARM7-Based MCUs

AT91CAP7X-DK Includes ARM7-based Microcontroller with 80K LC FPGA

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 15 / / - Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) today announced its AT91CAP7X-DK development kit for designers to develop, emulate, and ultimately migrate ARM7(TM)-plus-FPGA designs to Atmel's CAP7 customizable microcontrollers.

Atmel's CAP7 customizable MCU is an ARM7-based microcontroller with a metal-programmable (MP) block with 450K gates or the equivalent of 56K FPGA logic cells (LC), as well as a USB 2.0 full speed device, SPI master and slave, two USARTs, three 16-bit timer counters, an 8-channel/ 10-bit analog to digital converter, plus interrupt control and supervisory functions noted above. Any functionality that has been implemented in an FPGA may be migrated directly to a CAP7 device with no special EDA tools or customer-side engineering.

Atmel's AT91CAP7X-DK development kit may be used to develop ARM7-based MCUs with custom peripheral sets not available on standard MCUs (e.g. 10 USARTs or 20 PWMs). Atmel owns or has access to extensive libraries of well-documented peripherals that include TWI, SPI master and slave, SSC, MCI, USARTS, Ethernet MAC, CAN, EBI, full-speed USB host and device, image sensor interface, LCD and AC97 controllers, timer counters, analog to digital converters and AES/TDES encryption/decryption engines. There is no extra charge for including Atmel-owned peripherals on CAP(TM) devices. Customers may also implement their own or 3rd party peripherals in the MP block.

The AT91CAP-DK motherboard has an extensive set of interface devices, which are controlled by the device controllers embedded in the AT91CAP7 customizable MCU.

The motherboard includes a 3.5" 1/4 VGA TFT Color LCD display, a 10/100 Ethernet PHY, USB 2.0 High-Speed Host and High-Speed Device Ports, USB 2.0 Full-Speed Device ports (x3), an I2S Audio Device, ADC inputs (x4), an AC97 Audio CODEC, SD / MMC Card Slots (x2), a USART Serial Communication Device, a CAN Interface Device, a TWI Serial EEPROM Device, an image sensor device connector, a 16 Button Keypad, a PCI64 Slot, GPIO expansion slots (x4), software controlled power indication and general-purpose LED's.

The CAP7 specific daughter board includes the AT91CAP7S MCU and a high density FPGA with 80K logic cells, capable of interfacing custom logic directly to the AT91CAP7S AMBA architecture. The daughter card plugs directly onto the motherboard for not only software and hardware development, but also connection to real world applications for prototyping and end product evaluation. A memory expansion board includes 64Mbytes of SDRAM, 8Mbytes of NOR Flash and 256Mbytes of NAND Flash.

Uses Existing Third-party Tools. The same C-compilers, RTOS, OSs, ICEs and IDEs used with Atmel's AT91SAM ARM-based MCUs can be used with the CAP. FPGA design may be done using any FPGA design software, including third party tools.

Availability and Pricing. Atmel's AT91CAP7X-DK development kit is available now and priced at $3,500. Atmel charges a one-time fee of $150,000 for design, mask fees, and prototypes of the customized ARM7-based MCUs. Production unit prices are $5.44 in quantities of 50,000 for the AT91CAP7S250 device.

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.

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