Microchip Debuts Voltage Supervisors for Automotive and Industrial Apps

1/17/2006 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced a family of ten new voltage supervisors: the MCP1316, MCP1316M, MCP1317, MCP1318, MCP1318M, MCP1319, MCP1319M, MCP1320, MCP1321 and MCP1322. These voltage supervisors offer a watchdog timer, manual reset, multiple combinations of push-pull or open-drain reset outputs, and factory trip-points from 2.0V to 4.7V in 100 mV increments, all in a small, 5-pin SOT-23 package. The devices operate within the extended industrial temperature range of -40 degrees Celsius to +125 degrees Celsius and are ideal for automotive and industrial applications.

The MCP1316 - MCP1322 voltage supervisors monitor microprocessor activity in digital systems. They operate at input voltages as low as 1.0V up to 5.5V, consume very little power (5 ľA typical) and offer a wide range of trip points between 2.0V and 4.7V. All of these features in their small package enable the MCP13XX voltage supervisors to increase design efficiency and flexibility, as well as reduce overall system costs.

"The MCP1316 - MCP1322 voltage supervisors incorporate several attractive features on a single chip, resulting in enhanced design flexibility, reduced board space, and lower system costs," said John Austin, senior product marketing engineer with Microchip's Analog and Interface Products Division. "These devices are among only a few on the market guaranteed to operate within the extended industrial temperature range, making them excellent solutions for automotive, industrial and many other applications."

In addition to automotive and industrial applications, the MCP1316-MCP1322 voltage supervisors are appropriate for many consumer applications, such as portable and handheld computing devices, plasma screen TVs and DVD players. The new devices complement Microchip's PIC® microcontrollers to help create a total embedded system solution.

Pricing, Availability and Design Support
The MCP1316, MCP1316M, MCP1317, MCP1318, MCP1318M, MCP1319, MCP1319M, MCP1320, MCP1321, and MCP1322 voltage supervisors are available for sampling today at http://sample.microchip.com/. Production orders are received today at www.microchipdirect.com. The devices are offered in 5-pin SOT-23 packages (2.95 mm x 2.8 mm) and are all priced at $0.42 each in 10,000-unit quantities.

To help designers get started with these new devices, Microchip offers the Voltage Supervisor SOT-23-5/6 Evaluation Board (Part # VSUPEV2). The board is available today at www.microchipdirect.com for $10. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site.

Microchip Customer Support
Microchip is committed to supporting its customers by helping design engineers develop products faster and more efficiently. Customers can access four main service areas at www.microchip.com. The Support area provides a fast way to get questions answered; the Sample area offers free evaluation samples of any Microchip device; microchipDIRECT provides 24-hour pricing, ordering, inventory and credit for convenient purchasing of all Microchip devices and development tools; finally, the Training area educates customers through webinars, sign-ups for local seminar and workshop courses, and information about the annual MASTERs events held throughout the world.

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, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

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