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November 26, 2012

Atmel Sensor Hub Solution Used in Samsung's Popular Galaxy Note II

Provider of microcontroller and touch technology solutions, Atmel Corporation, today made it known that its AVR UC3L microcontroller with patented ultra-low power picoPower technology for sensor hub management was selected by Samsung for use in the recently launched Galaxy Note II. Considering that the oversized "phablet" device is shaping up to be a bigger success than its predecessor, hitting five million sales only two months after its release, it's no surprise Atmel would want to clarify that its technology was used in the smartphone's production.

Indeed, there is much to like about the Galaxy Note II, which boasts a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a 5.5-inch super AMOLED display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution, and version 4.1 of Android.

Like most modern smartphones and tablets, the Galaxy Note II includes several sensors — including an accelerometer, RGB light, digital compass, proximity, gyro and barometer — that detect motion, for use in a number of applications from gaming to navigation. Atmel's AVR UC3L sensor hub solution combines the input from all of these sensors in order to achieve lower power consumption and superior performance.

"Samsung continues to bring some of the most innovative products to the market with a variety of new features and applications that require motion sensing," said Peter Jones, vice president and general manager for microcontroller and touch business units, Atmel Corporation. "Atmel's sensor hub solution enables Galaxy Note II users the ability to enjoy accurate and quick response time required for applications ranging from gaming to navigation, virtual reality and more. We also look forward to a strong ongoing collaboration with Samsung."

Earlier in November, Atmel introduced Atmel Gallery, an app store for development tools and embedded software, turning Atmel Studio 6 into a comprehensive integrated development platform. With this release, the company has become the first to provide an app store for the embedded MCU community.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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