Microchip Technology Introduces PICDEM Mechatronics Demonstration Kit

7/20/2005 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the PICDEMTM Mechatronics Demonstration Kit, which shows engineers and technicians how easy it is to design with PIC® microcontrollers in an electromechanical or mechatronic system. The Kit comes with nine projects that teach users how to read sensors, drive a Brush DC or Stepper motor, and display a value on LEDs or a liquid crystal display (LCD). Additionally, a Mechatronics Workshop In-a-Box series of hands-on seminars is planned to begin in August that instruct potential users on how to easily utilize Microchip's semiconductors in electromechanical applications.

Mechanical and analog engineers do not have a lot of time to learn new skills like programming a microcontroller. Yet, due to the advantages of microcontroller-based systems such as higher reliability and lower total system costs, mechanical components are increasingly being replaced by electronics - particularly in the automotive, appliance and industrial-control markets.

"As more mechanical designs migrate to mechatronic solutions, Microchip continues to be a major player - leading this trend through our diverse microcontroller product line," said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip's Security, Microcontroller and Technology Development Division. "Through instructional tools like the PICDEM Mechatronics Demonstration Kit, Microchip enables engineers to learn how to design innovative products that are safer, more reliable and ultimately provide a lower cost to consumers."

The PICDEM Mechatronics board is very flexible, enabling the user to experiment with the many peripherals on a typical PIC microcontroller and rapidly prototype a design. The board has a 40-pin and a 20-pin socket (compatible with 8-, 14-, and 20-pin PIC microcontrollers).

Related Development Tools
The PICDEM Mechatronics board is compatible with other tools from Microchip for programming and/or debugging the onboard PIC microcontroller. These tools include the popular MPLAB® ICD 2 (DV164007), which is available now for $188USD, and the PICkitTM 2 Microcontroller Programmer (PG164120), which is expected to be available in August for $34.99USD.

Availability and Pricing
The PICDEM Mechatronics Demonstration Kit (part # DM163029) is available now for $149.99USD each. For additional information, please contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit buy.microchip.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. PICDEM, and PICkit are trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries.

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