Microchip Packs Mid-Range PIC Microcontrollers into 4x4mm QFN Package

7/21/2005 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced new 4x4mm QFN package options for the most popular Mid-Range (x14 Architecture) PIC® microcontrollers in 8-, 14- and 20-pin packages. These new package options are designed to accommodate a wide variety of space-constrained applications such as DC/DC point-of-load (POL) converters and handheld consumer electronics.

Many embedded engineers are faced with squeezing their applications into ever-smaller spaces. Microchip has responded to this need by offering its low pin count PIC microcontrollers in new 4x4mm QFN packages, which are 50 - 70 percent smaller than SOIC and SSOP packages.

"Our customers are continuously asking for higher featured devices in increasingly smaller packages," said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip's Security, Microcontroller and Technology Development Division. "The high level of integration, combined with the smaller package options, further expands the uses for PIC microcontrollers."

Pricing and Availability
Initially, a total of 14 PIC microcontrollers are being offered in the new 8-, 14- and 20-pin 4x4mm QFN package options. Please contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor for production availability and pricing.

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.

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