Microchip’s Annual Summer Technical Exchange Review Open for Registration

3/18/2003 - Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) announced it is accepting registration for its seventh annual MASTERs conference at the Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, July 16-19.

A leading resource for designing with Microchip products, the MASTERs Conference provides design engineers with an annual forum for sharing and exchanging technical information on the Company's PICmicro® microcontrollers, high-performance linear and mixed-signal solutions, KEELOQ® security devices and dsPIC™ digital signal controllers.

MASTERs is an intense, bi-directional exchange of technical information between Microchip subject-matter experts and the Company’s technical partners including consultants, customers, third parties, distributor FAEs and design houses. Topics presented cover a broad range of subjects from board layout topologies reducing EMI/EMC to real-life reference designs and embedded applications.

Attendees can select from 63 technical courses, including “Low-Power Features of the nanoWatt Family Devices,” “The New Digitally Controlled Amplifier” and “Introduction to PowerSmart® Battery Management Hardware and Development Tools.” Other activities include networking sessions between consultants and attendees to discuss relevant design topics, meeting with third-party development tool experts, a wafer fab plant tour and a robot-building competition.

“Microchip has continued to expand the breadth and depth of technical courses offered through its training programs specifically designed for embedded systems engineers,” said Ken Pye, Director of Applications Programs for Microchip. “The increased attendance at the MASTERs conference is proof that Microchip is providing valuable design knowledge, solving today’s most challenging embedded control design issues. In addition to learning from Microchip's experts and course instructors, attendees benefit from the hands-on workshops and by sharing their design expertise with other world-class engineers, providing a rich environment to learn new techniques and to enable professional development.”

Originally, MASTERs was an invitation-only event, reserved specifically for Microchip customers and designers. Given the program’s success, Microchip decided to open enrollment to the public at large, enabling the industry to benefit from the Company’s expertise. Microchip expects participants will gain a thorough understanding of how to design and develop embedded control applications using Microchip's extensive product portfolio.

The conference is ideal for designers who are looking for solutions to embedded control challenges or in-depth education on Microchip’s products. Design engineers and engineering managers will benefit from the Conference by learning about solutions and interfacing with the Microchip architects and developers. Students graduating from the MASTERs program will be equipped to utilize Microchip products and support to full advantage.

Entry to the MASTERs conference courses, CD-ROM with all class materials, three-night accommodations including meals and evening entertainment is offered for $895.00 USD. Attendees can take advantage of an early registration discount if registration is completed by April 1 ($795.00 USD). All potential attendees must register by June 18. More information regarding the MASTERs Conference can be found at the company’s Web site www.microchip.com.

About Microchip Technology
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, PICmicro, PowerSmart, microID and KEELOQ are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.

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