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32 bit microcontrollerAtmel announced production availability of the next-generation Atmel 32-bit AVR UC3L microcontroller (MCU) with picoPower technology and embedded capacitive touch controller peripherals. Target applications include audio processing applications such as USB and Bluetooth headsets, game pads and advanced voice or touch-enabled human interface devices. The new Atmel 32-bit AVR UC3L MCUs are said to cut static power consumption by 90 percent down to 9 nA. This figure is lower than the tantalum capacitor decoupling the board power supply and comparable to leakage currents in even the most advanced battery technologies, according to the company. Active power consumption is reduced to 165µA/MHz. According to the company, the 32-bit UC3L core enables further power savings by running at far lower speed than conventional MCUs when providing the same performance. The power saving is enabled through the company’s picoPower technology that addresses active operation modes as well as all sleep modes.

Atmel Corp.
408-441-0311, www.atmel.com 
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