Microchip Technology Presents Total Endurance Modeling Software 4.0

7/17/2003 - Microchip Technology Inc, a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced Total EnduranceTM software version 4.0, a powerful and easy-to-use software tool for modeling and designing serial EEPROM applications. Available for free from Microchip’s website (www.microchip.com), the modeling software takes the guesswork out of determining the life of a serial EEPROM device in an embedded design. Design trade-off analysis that formerly consumed days or weeks can now be accomplished in minutes with a level of accuracy that delivers a truly robust design.

To predict the performance and reliability of a serial EEPROM device within a particular embedded environment, the designer enters specific parameters, such as serial EEPROM device type, bytes per cycle, voltage, data pattern, temperature range, erase/write cycles per day, and application life or target parts per million (PPM) level into the software program. The model responds with failures in time (FIT) rate, mean time between failure (MTBF), PPM level, and application life. The results are plotted in a user-configurable X-Y graph allowing the designer to determine the best device for a particular application. Operating conditions can be altered in any combination in order to understand how different conditions will affect erase/write endurance.

Features of the Total Endurance software include on-screen editing of parameters, single-click copy of plot to clipboard, full-screen or windowed graph view, data export to text or Microsoft Excel® file formats, hypertext on-screen help, and an on-disk endurance tutorial. The software supports Microchip’s Microwire®, SPITM and I2CTM compatible serial EEPROM devices and can be easily upgraded, as new products become available.

For more information, contact Microchip’s Literature Line at 480.792.7668, contact any authorized Microchip distributor around the world, or visit Microchip’s website at http://www.microchip.com.

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing risk-free product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.

The Microchip name and logo are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries. Total Endurance is a trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries. I2C is a trademark of Philips Corporation. SPI is a trademark of Motorola. Microwire is a registered trademark of National Semiconductor Corporation. Microsoft and Excel are registered trademarks of Microsoft.

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