Microchip's Microcontrollers Power Record-Breaking Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

6/29/2005 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced that AC Propulsion utilized the high-density memory, high pin count PIC18 microcontrollers to control its SoLong Solar Electric-Powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) during its record-breaking 48-hour flight earlier this month. The SoLong's creator and chief pilot, a self-proclaimed analog guy, selected Microchip because of its development tools.

"I consider myself a newcomer to microcontrollers - I was strictly an analog guy until four years ago," said Alan Cocconi, founder, chairman and chief engineer of AC Propulsion Inc. "With Microchip's MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment (IDE), I only had to learn one set of development tools to use a wide variety of products, which gave me more time to concentrate on completing the SoLong."

The SoLong UAV's systems that are controlled by the 12 onboard PIC18 microcontrollers include:

About AC Propulsion Inc.
AC Propulsion Inc. is a California Corporation founded in 1992 to develop, manufacture, and license system and component technology for electric vehicle (EV) drive systems. Since its founding, AC Propulsion has emerged as a worldwide leader in producing EVs that meet the functional requirements of daily use. For more information, visit www.acpropulsion.com.

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. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.

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

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