Microchip Rolls Out Four Billionth PIC Microcontroller

9/22/2005 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced that it shipped its four billionth PIC® microcontroller, the PIC16F877 high-performance Flash microcontroller, to Insta Elektro of Lüdenscheid, Germany. Microchip delivered its four-billionth microcontroller barely 19 months after delivering its three-billionth microcontroller in 2004. Today's announcement demonstrates the industry's continued acceptance of Microchip's PIC microcontrollers as the high-performance, cost-effective solution for embedded control designs.

"We are extremely grateful to our customers worldwide for giving us the opportunity to serve them by delivering over four billion PIC microcontrollers," said Steve Sanghi, Microchip's President and CEO. "Microchip continues to gain worldwide marketshare in the 8-bit microcontroller market because its PIC microcontroller architecture, MPLAB® development systems, worldwide distribution partners, and field sales applications support provide the maximum benefits for customers to reach their design goals." Microchip offers more than 285 PIC microcontrollers, has shipped over 370,000 development tools, and partners with more than 120 global third-party tool manufacturers, providing over 45,000 customers worldwide with the greatest breadth of solution choices that enable their success.

A Microchip customer for more than 10 years, Insta Elektro today uses the broad line of embedded control solutions from Microchip, including microcontrollers, serial EEPROMs and analog devices. "Our long-standing relationship with Microchip Technology has been beneficial to both parties, and we are proud to be the recipient of their four billionth PIC microcontroller," said Dr. Herbert Schiffke, president, Insta Elektro. "The exceptional development tools and support from Microchip help us minimize development and qualification time."

Insta Elektro designs, develops and manufactures lighting; blind (shutter) control; heating and air conditioning; security and sensor products. Insta uses a range of PIC microcontrollers to add intelligence to their systems that save energy and reduce management costs. Insta's products use serial communications to allow full system integration, enabling central control of large buildings and lighting systems to interact with blind controllers while optimizing energy use. The extensive range of Microchip PIC microcontrollers allows Insta to select products that perfectly match the needs of the application, whilst the compatibility between devices ensures that code can be re-used.

About Insta Elektro
Insta was founded in 1970 by three well-known companies in the installation sector: Berker, Gira and Jung. As an electronics technology centre, Insta develops and fabricates products for many sectors of industry, as well as the three founding companies. The main sector is the lighting industry. Insta is known as a competent partner with sound know-how and innovative ideas, particularly in the development of high-quality serial products. In many product ranges, Insta also offers the development of individual, custom-made solutions.

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.

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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