Atmel presented a free seminar on its microcontroller lines in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. on June 19, 2002. I thought the members of this forum would be interested in AVR news.
Bard Pedersen, a marketing manager for Atmel, described the AVR line in glowing terms and claimed that AVR shipments went up 40% in the past year while the rest of the microcontroller market went down 40%. He also predicted that AVR, 2002 shipments are expected to increase 51% over 2001.
Two new parts were singled out – the mega169 and the tiny13. The mega169 will be a large mega aimed at low power applications that require limited LCD support. It will only run at 4 megahertz and at no more than 3.6 volts. The LCD hardware will drive 100 segments configured as a 4 by 25 array. The tiny13 will be an enhanced tiny12 with 4 channels of A/D and 64 bytes of ram. The mega169 is scheduled for “samples” in Q3/02 and “production” in Q4/02. The tiny13 will be “available” Q1/03. Apparently the recent shortage of tiny12s was due to printer manufacturers using too many in their ink cartridges ( Epson? ).
Vaporware, things that might come sometime next year, consisted of AVRs with CAN or USB on-chip. Someone asked if an Ethernet controller would ever be integrated with an AVR and was told that there are no plans for it.
The only other tidbit that is worth reporting is the claim that the mega parts will easily source and sink 40 milliamps as long as you don’t care about logic levels. It was even suggested that 60 milliamps is not unusual and that under good conditions, a mega AVR will source 100 milliamps with would really light up an LED.