Source Electronics Automates High-Volume Programming for Microchip's PIC10F

11/11/2005 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, and Source Electronics Corp., a leader in IC Programming, announced that Source Electronics has developed an automated high-volume programming service for customers utilizing Microchip's PIC10F family of microcontrollers in 6-pin, SOT-23 packages. The Source Electronics programming service complements Microchip's Quick-Turn Programming (QTP) service by providing multiple production programming options for PIC10F customers. The service uses a proprietary integrated system that programs the SOT-23 packaged part to a customer's specific requirements and then places it in tape and reel. The Source Electronics service employs vision placement controls to ensure the highest quality and output available. Source Electronics provides additional value to Microchip customers with specialized services such as inventory management, custom marking, unique testing and screening.

"With the tremendous success of our PIC10F family, cost-effective production programming has become a vital service for our customers," said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip's Security, Microcontroller and Technology Development Division. "It is important that Microchip help to make production easy for our customers by providing multiple programming options."

"We are providing Microchip's customers with a low-cost, high-volume production programming alternative for the PIC10F family of microcontrollers," said Rick Staszewski vice president of Sales for Source Electronics. "The development of this service satisfies a significant customer need."

The PIC10F 8-bit Flash microcontroller remains the world's smallest microcontroller and the first and only 6-pin microcontroller family in the world, since being introduced in June 2004. The PIC10F microcontroller family in SOT-23 packaging (PIC10F200, PIC10F202, PIC10F204, PIC10F206, PIC10F220 and PIC10F222) is well suited for any space-constrained application requiring embedded intelligence. The PIC10F family offers 256 to 512 instructions of Flash program memory and 16 to 24 bytes of data RAM. The PIC10F204 and PIC10F206 offer an analog comparator module, and the PIC10F220 and PIC10F222 have an onboard 8-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC).

The combination of the PIC10F's small form factor, high performance and low cost supports applications that are not traditionally served by microcontrollers, such as electronic glue, logic control and intelligent disposable electronics.

Source Electronics Availability and Pricing
In addition to other PIC® microcontrollers, the Source Electronics automated programming service is now available for all six members of Microchip's PIC10F microcontroller family with no minimum order requirement. Their other available services include the Source Electronics Supply Chain Solution and the Just in Time Inventory Program. The cost for programming PIC10F microcontrollers in SOT-23 packaging is:

Microchip Technology Availability
Microchip's Quick-Turn Programming service is also available for all six members of the PIC10F family, and has a minimum order requirement of 9,000 units. Prices start at:

The PIC10F200, PIC10F202, PIC10F204, PIC10F206, PIC10F220 and PIC10F222 are available now for sampling and volume production in 6-pin SOT-23 packages. For pricing or additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site at

About Microchip Technology
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.

About Source Electronics
Source Electronics Corporation provides value added services for integrated devices and related devices. Source is known as the worldwide leader in solutions for programmable devices. Servicing the industry for over 15 years, Source has become the only programming corporation with an integrated IT infrastructure linking all of its global locations together. Headquartered in Boston, Source has facilities in Fremont, CA, Guadalajara, MX, Sao Paulo and Manaus, Brazil, Singapore and China (Q1 2006).

The Microchip name and logo, and PIC are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.

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