Atmel Corporation was founded in 1984, by George Perlegos.  Atmel was an acronym for advanced technology for memory and logicÂ. Perlegos had worked in the memory group of Intel in the 1970s and had co-founded Seeq Technology to manufacture EPROM memory. The first Atmel memory products used less power than competitors. .
Atmel merged with Microchip Technology on July 2016.