Microchip Technology Expands Analog Portfolio with Low Voltage, Low Cost Operational Amplifiers

1/17/2003 - Extending its leadership in the design of low-voltage devices, Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) introduced a family of 1MHz op amps that reduce supply voltage demand, making them ideal for extending battery life and other low-voltage applications. The MCP6001, MCP6002 and MCP6004 devices, which offer rail-to-rail input/output and have 90 degree phasemargin into a 60-picofarad (pf), 10-kilo-ohm (kohm) load, provide exceptional stability in a low-cost operational amplifier.

Low-voltage operation reduces the need for voltage doubler circuitry, and low quiescent current (Iq) of 100 microamps (µA) further lessens demand on the battery. The rail-to-rail input/output and 90-degree phase margin features minimizes design consideration and the need for stabilizing components, thus reducing component cost and board-space.

Microchip designed the new devices with low-voltage and low-current features resulting in typical power usage of 180 microwatts (µW) making these op amps ideal for use in sensors, instrumentation devices, consumer products, battery-operated applications and devices powered by a single communication loop (phones, security and building safety electronics).

To support the MCP600X family, Microchip offers the FilterLab Active Filter Design Tool, which simplifies active filter design for embedded systems designers using op amps for analog filter purposes. Available at no cost from Microchip’s Web site (www.microchip.com), the FilterLab software provides full schematic diagrams of the filter circuit with component values and displays the frequency response.

Pricing in 1,000-unit quantities is $0.25 each for the single MCP6001, $0.30 for the dual MCP6002 and $0.35 for the quad MCP6004. Samples and volume quantities are available today. The MCP6001 is available in SOT-23 and SC-70 packages. The MCP6002 is available in PDIP, SOIC and MSOP packages. The MCP6004 is available in PDIP, SOIC and TSSOP packages. For more information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip has integrated analog technology, peripherals and features to meet today's demanding design requirements. Our broad spectrum of analog products addresses thermal management, power management, mixed-signal, linear and interface solutions. Combined with “Intelligent Analog” microcontrollers, Microchip offers an extensive analog portfolio for thousands of high-performance design applications in the automotive, communications (wireless), consumer, computing and industrial control markets.

Microchip Technology Inc. manufactures the popular PICmicro field-programmable RISC microcontrollers, which serve 8- and 16-bit embedded control applications, and a broad spectrum of high performance linear and mixed-signal, power management and thermal management devices. The Company also offers complementary microperipheral products including interface devices; microID RFID devices; serial EEPROMs; and the patented KEELOQ security devices. This synergistic product portfolio targets thousands of applications and a growing demand for high-performance designs in the automotive, communications, computing, consumer and industrial control markets. The Company's quality systems are ISO 9001 (1994 version) and QS9000 (1998 version) certified. Microchip is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona with design facilities in Mountain View, California and Bangalore, India; semiconductor fabrication facilities in Tempe and Chandler, Arizona, Gresham, Oregon and Puyallup, Washington; and assembly and test operations near Bangkok, Thailand. Microchip employs approximately 3,350 people worldwide and has sales offices throughout Asia, Europe, Japan and the Americas. More information on the Company can be found at www.microchip.com.

The Microchip name and logo, PIC, microID, PICmicro and KEELOQ are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries. FilterLab is a trademark of Microchip Technology Inc.

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