Microchip Technology Ships 400,000th Development Tool

1/24/2006 - Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the shipment of its 400,000th development tool. Few semiconductor companies can match Microchip in the total number of tools installed in the field. This milestone demonstrates the industry's continued acceptance of Microchip's product portfolio and that Microchip's development tools offer world-class performance and quality.

"The shipment of our 400,000th development tool is proof of Microchip's leadership in this market. It reflects our commitment to going beyond simply offering silicon to providing engineers with a 'whole product solution' comprised of sophisticated development tools, field application engineer support and comprehensive technical documentation," said Derek Carlson, director of Development Tools at Microchip Technology.

Microchip provides easy-to-use tools, allowing engineers to design with Microchip's 8-bit and 16-bit PIC® microcontrollers, 16-bit dsPIC® digital signal controllers, analog and interface devices, and EEPROM memory products. Because the silicon and tools have been produced by the same source, design burdens caused by technical problems resulting from tool and silicon incompatibility are eliminated and the technical support offered is maximized. Microchip's demonstration tools, in particular, allow design engineers the opportunity to have hands-on examples of the emerging technologies with which they will be working. As a result, design cycles and time to market are shortened through the ability to rapidly evaluate and learn a particular technology.

Microchip has a large portfolio of easy-to-learn development tools for its families of embedded-control solutions. The free, integrated toolset of the MPLAB® IDE Integrated Development Environment includes a programmer's text editor, software simulator, assembler, Visual Device Initializer and other useful application plug-ins. The MPLAB IDE is powerful, yet it has a simple, user-friendly graphical user interface. MPLAB IDE supports in-circuit debuggers, emulators, and programmers from simple 6-pin 8-bit PIC microcontrollers to high-end 16-bit devices.

"Microchip stands alone among semiconductor companies by offering a no-cost, truly integrated development environment for 8- and 16-bit microcontrollers and 16-bit digital signal controllers, all the way from 6-pin to over 100-pin devices," said Mr. Carlson.

Other tools include the MPLAB PM3 universal device programmer, the PICSTART® low-cost development system, the MPLAB C Compilers, and the PICDEMTM Demonstration Board series.

Recently Introduced Tools
The MPLAB C30 Version 2.0 C Compiler (part # SW006012) and free student-edition C compiler support all 70 of Microchip's 16-bit PIC24 microcontrollers and dsPIC digital signal controllers. This software development tool provides industry-leading code efficiency and a cost-effective, ANSI-compliant option for writing C or mixed C and assembly code modules. The Explorer 16 (part # DM240001) is a low-cost, efficient development board for evaluating the features and performance of Microchip's new 16-bit PIC24 microcontroller and dsPIC33 digital signal controller families. Coupled with the MPLAB ICD 2 In Circuit Debugger (available separately), real-time emulation and debug facilities speed evaluation and prototyping of application circuitry. The Explorer 16 features two interchangeable Plug-In Modules (PIMs), one each for the PIC24FJ128GA010 and the dsPIC33FJ256GP710.

The PICkitTM 2 Starter Kit enables engineers, students and anyone with an interest to easily begin development and experimentation with PIC microcontrollers for a very low initial investment. The kit connects to any personal computer via full-speed USB 2.0, which allows faster programming and firmware upgradeability, and requires no additional power supply for the programmer or target application board.

The PICDEM FS-USB Demo Kit (part # DM163025) is designed as an easy-to-use evaluation platform for Microchip's Full-Speed USB solution. The devices in Microchip's PIC18F4550 family of Full-Speed USB microcontrollers fully support USB 2.0 and serial communications of up to 12 Mbit/s. The demo kit provides all of the hardware and software needed to demonstrate and develop a complete USB communication solution. The board contains a PIC18F4550 microcontroller in a 44-pin TQFP package, representing the superset of the entire family of devices.

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 online: 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, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

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

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