Microchip Opens Registration for Summer Technical Exchange Conference

4/30/2004 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced it is accepting registration for its eighth annual MASTERs conference at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, July 21 – 24.

A valuable 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® 8-bit microcontrollers, high-performance analog and interface solutions, dsPIC® 16-bit digital signal controllers, battery management products, KEELOQ® security devices, memory products, and MPLAB® development systems.

MASTERs is an in-depth, 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 to real-life reference designs and embedded applications.

Class offerings for 2004 have expanded to meet the growing needs of design engineers and engineering managers, with 65 classes being offered – 41 of which are new. The new classes are expected to give attendees an opportunity to learn about Microchip's latest product offerings and upcoming roadmaps. In addition to lecture-based classes, there are 30 hands-on workshops that enable attendees to practice what they have learned. Since the course materials are geared to varying skill levels, a rating system has been added to the registration form. Classes are rated from “1” to “4.” A designation of “1” requires only basic understanding of the topic, whereas a “4” is appropriate for engineers with more experience and/or knowledge in the concepts and basics of the technology being discussed in that class.

Classes cover the gamut of electronic engineering topics, such as the “Hands-on Mechatronics” sessions where attendees have the opportunity to replace the mechanical control system in an historically mechanical design with a digital system, to the “Advanced Hands-on Programming With the dsPIC30F” class where attendees are taught to use Program Space Visibility and other advanced features of this dsPIC® digital signal controller.

Additional activities include networking sessions between consultants and attendees to discuss relevant design topics, meeting with third-party development tool experts and a wafer fab plant tour. Evening events include a pool party, sand and water volleyball competitions, a robot competition, grand prix slot car championship, casino tables and sports-bar games.

“Microchip has continued to expand the breadth and depth of technical courses offered through its training programs that are specifically designed for embedded systems engineers,” said Ken Pye, director of applications programs for Microchip. “Last year's record attendance at the MASTERs conference is proof that Microchip is providing valuable design knowledge, which solves 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, fostering a rich environment to learn new techniques and to enable professional development.”

The conference is ideal for those 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 go out and use Microchip products to full advantage.

Entry to the MASTERs conference courses, a CD-ROM with all class material, and three-night accommodations with meal and evening entertainment are included in the Conference cost of $995 USD. All potential attendees must register by June 23. More information regarding the MASTERs Conference can be found online at: www.microchip.com/masters

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk 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, PIC, PICmicro, dsPIC, KEELOQ and MPLAB are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.

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