Microchip Technology’s Thermal Sensors Voted Product of the Year by analogZONE

2/3/2003 - Microchip Technology announced (Nasdaq:MCHP) that its accurate temperature sensing digital thermal sensors, TC72/77 family, has been selected by analogZONE as the recipient of its annual "Product of the Year" award for 2002. Twenty-six products were recognized this year, and Microchip was one of two companies to bring home the award in the sensor category.

According to analogZONE, the selection criteria are based on potential market success and then quantify the level of innovation in the approach, the design and/or the marketing of the product. analogZONE receives more than 200 product nominations that the Editor-in-Chief narrows down to what we know as the 26 winners of product of the year.

“Each Product of the Year was selected from among those reviewed throughout the year with specific emphasis on the product's anticipated market success and likely contribution to the field of analog engineering,” commented Paul McGoldrick, editor-in-chief of analogZONE. “We are sure that the TC72 and TC77 will be extremely popular and will lead future, great product designs.”

George Paparrizos marketing manager for Microchip’s Analog and Interface Products Division said, “This team has done a great job on the design, the engineering, the production and the marketing of this product. Clearly their hard work has paid off. As we develop innovative products such as the TC72/77, we focus on our customers and we strive to bring them quality, constructive solutions.”

Referred to as TC72/77, these thermal sensors are able to read temperature without the need for any external components and communicate thermal data via 3- and 4-wire industry standard interfaces, respectively. The TC72, offered in the 8-pin 3x3-mm DFN and the MSOP package, and the TC77, offered in the tiny 5-pin SOT-23 and the 8-pin SOIC package, enable designers to save a significant amount of board space while improving temperature sensing capability. The low operating current (250uA typical), combined with the low-power shutdown and one-shot modes, makes these devices especially suited for battery-powered applications.

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, Calif., Bangalore, India; and a European Design Center in Lausanne, Switzerland; semiconductor fabrication facilities in Tempe and Chandler, Ariz.; Gresham, Ore.; and Puyallup, Wash.; 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.

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