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   Technology StocksAtmel - the trend is about to change


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To: Norrin Radd who wrote (13558)12/27/2008 1:13:15 AM
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$2.50 low, decent move up since...

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From: mlc1783/12/2009 11:23:38 PM
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I was just looking over their AVR microcontroller products. They are made at 800 nanometers! It's like the dark ages technology-wise, but sales are growing.

Their popular 8 bit AVR product runs around 20MHz and sells for about $1 each. Sounds like 1990 technology.

Sales have been growing about 20% YoY for 8 bit AVR microcontrollers and 40% yoy for their newer 32 bit AVR products.

The AVR products were designed in Norway. Atmel bought the Norwegian company.

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From: mlc1783/15/2009 7:22:40 PM
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Atmel touts the AVR32's compact code size. I see how that is done. The AVR32 is a RISC processor that allows mixing of instructions of different sizes: 16 bit and 32 bit. ARM and MIPS cannot do that - they can go to a mode for 16 bit instructions or a mode for 32 bit instructions, but there is no mode that allows mixing of 16 and 32 bit instructions.

Of course, there are CISC processors that have no restriction on instruction size resulting in compact code size too.

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From: Ian@SI10/2/2009 7:43:06 PM
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A reiterate from FBR with target increased by 10% ...

Atmel ATML FBR Capital Outperform $5 » $5.50



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From: JakeStraw9/28/2010 8:19:50 AM
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Zacks Report on ATML
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From: joe82810/24/2012 1:49:39 PM
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Does anyone know if Sharp's IGZO display technology is a competitor with Atmel's xSense display technology? Can xSense work with IGZO or are they mutually exclusive?

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From: Glenn Petersen9/20/2015 4:50:08 PM
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Dialog Semiconductor to buy U.S. peer Atmel for $4.6 billion

By Christoph Steitz and Liana B. Baker

Reuters
Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:58 pm EDT

FRANKFURT/NEW YORK Chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor ( DLGS.DE) said it had agreed on Sunday to buy U.S. peer Atmel ( ATML.O) for about $4.6 billion, as the Anglo-German company seeks to expand its industrial product portfolio.

Dialog, which is heavily exposed to Apple ( AAPL.O) and Samsung ( 005930.KS), said the deal would diversify its client base in automotive markets as well as network-connected chips used in industrial gear, also known as the "Internet of Things".

Based in San Jose, California, Atmel manufactures small processors called microcontrollers that are used in a variety of electronics and other hardware in this connected device area.

Dialog had been looking to expand its industrial offerings since its talks broke off last year to merge with Austria's AMS AG ( AMS.S), which made sensors.

"The rationale for our acquisition is to build a complementary business to power savings and power management and it gives us a better platform for the 'Internet of Things'," Jalal Bagherli, Dialog's Chief Executive, said in an interview.

Besides microcontrollers, Atmel also has touch-screen and encryption technology that attracted Dialog, he said. There is only a 5 percent overlap in the two companies' product lines, Bagherli added.

Some $80 billion in semiconductor M&A has been racked up so far this year, the biggest year for chip deals since 2000, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Major deals in the sector have included Avago Technologies Ltd's ( AVGO.O) $37 billion acquisition of Broadcom Corp ( BRCM.O) in May as well NXP's ( NXPI.O) announcement in March to buy U.S. peer Freescale Semiconductor ( FSL.N) for $17 billion.

Reuters was first to report in June that Atmel had hired investment bank Qatalyst Partners to advise it on a sale process.

Dialog, which is headquartered in the United Kingdom but has its shares listed in Germany, said Atmel shareholders would receive $4.65 in cash and 0.112 of a Dialog Semiconductor American Depository Share for each Atmel common share, equivalent to $10.42 per Atmel share based on Dialog's closing price as of Sept. 18.

This represents a 43-percent premium over Atmel's closing price of $7.27 on Friday.

Dialog said it planned to pay for the deal via cash, $2.1 billion of debt and about 49 million Dialog American Depository Shares. Atmel shareholders will own about 38 percent of the combined group.

The transaction, expected to close during the first quarter of 2016, will boost Dialog's earnings in 2017 and result in annual cost savings of $150 million within two years.

Dialog's financial adviser was Morgan Stanley ( MS.N) while David Polk & Wardwell LLP and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain served as legal advisers. Atmel financial adviser was Qatalyst Partners and its legal adviser was Jones Day.

(Additional reporting by Harro ten Wolde and Eric Auchard; Editing by Andrew Roche)

reuters.com


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