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Information Technology: Atmel To Sell SMS Business

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July 7, 2010 (FinancialWire) (Go to http://www.financialwire.net/?s=ftrdnwswnd for all of today's featured news.) aEUR" Atmel Corp. (NASDAQ: ATML), a firm offering microcontroller and touch solutions, said that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Smart Card business based in Rousset, France, and East Kilbride, UK, to Inside Contactless, S.A., following the completion of an information and consultation process with the works council of Atmel Rousset in France.

Inside signed the agreement on May 2, subject to acceptance by Atmel following completion of the information and consultation process with the Works Council.

Under a definitive agreement, Inside will pay $37 million in cash at the closing, subject to a post-closing working capital adjustment and an additional cash consideration of up to $21 million if certain earnout targets are met in 2010 and 2011.

As part of the transaction, Atmel has agreed to make a minority investment in Inside of around $4 million. The definitive agreement also provides Inside a royalty-based, non-exclusive license to certain business-related intellectual property in order to support the current SMS business and future product development.

Inside will also enter into a multi-year supply agreement to continue sourcing wafers from the fabrication facility in Rousset, France that Atmel recently sold to LFoundry GmbH.

The transaction is scheduled to close by the end of the third quarter of 2010, subject to certain closing conditions. California-based Atmel is engaged in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency components

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