Profile: Microchip Technology Inc (MCHP.O)
13 Mar 2014
Microchip Technology Incorporated, incorporated on February 14, 1989, develops and manufactures specialized semiconductor products used by its customers for a variety of embedded control applications. The Company’s portfolio consists of specialized 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers and 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers, which feature on-board Flash (reprogrammable) memory technology. In addition, the Company offers a broad spectrum of high-performance linear, mixed-signal, power management, thermal management, RF, safety and security, and interface devices, as well as serial EEPROMs, Serial Flash memories and Parallel Flash memories. The Company also licenses Flash-IP solutions that are incorporated in a broad range of products. In November 2013, Microchip Technology Inc announced the acquisition of EqcoLogic.
The Company’s synergistic product portfolio targets thousands of applications worldwide and a growing demand for high-performance designs in the automotive, communications, computing, consumer and industrial control markets. The Company provides embedded control solutions that also offers the advantages of small size, high performance, extreme low power, wide voltage range operation, mixed signal integration, and ease of development, enabling timely and cost-effective embedded control product integration by its customers.
The Company offers a broad family of general purpose microcontroller products marketed under the PIC brand name. The Company’s PIC products are designed for applications requiring field programmability, high performance, low power and cost effectiveness. Its performance results from a product architecture which features dual data and instruction pathways, referred to as a Harvard dual-bus architecture; a Reduced Instruction Set Computer, referred to as RISC; and variable length instructions; all of which provides speed advantages over alternative single-bus, Complex Instruction Set Computer architectures, referred to as CISC. It also offers specialized microcontrollers for automotive networking, computing, wireless communication and wireless audio. With over 1,000 microcontrollers in its product portfolio. Digital Signal Controllers (DSC) are a subset of its 16-bit microcontroller offering. The Company’s dsPIC DSC families integrate the control features of high-performance 16-bit microcontrollers with the computation capabilities of Digital Signal Processors (DSPs), along with a wide variety of peripheral functions making them suitable for a number of embedded control applications. Its dsPIC product family offers a broad suite of hardware and software development tools, software application libraries, development boards and reference designs to ease and expedite the customer application development cycle.
The Company offers a set of low-cost and easy-to-learn application development tools. These tools enable system designers to quickly and easily program a PIC microcontroller and dsPIC DSC for specific applications. The Company’s PIC and dsPIC products range from entry-level systems, which include an assembler and programmer or in-circuit debugging hardware, to fully configured systems that provide in-circuit emulation capability. Customers moving from entry-level designs to those requiring real-time emulation are able to preserve their investment in learning and tools as they migrate to future PIC devices since all of its PIC and dsPIC development tools share the same integrated development environment. The Company approximately has 200 third-party tool suppliers worldwide whose products support its microcontroller architecture.
Analog, Interface and Mixed Signal Products
The Company’s analog, interface and mixed signal products consist of several families with over 1,000 power management, linear, mixed-signal, thermal management, RF Linear drivers, safety and security, USB, Ethernet, wireless and other interface products. The Company markets and sells its analog, interface and mixed signal products into its microcontroller customer base, to customers who use microcontrollers from other suppliers and to customers who use other products that may not its traditional PIC microcontroller and memory products customer base. It market these, and all of its products, based on an application segment approach targeted to provide customers with application solutions.
The Company’s memory products consists of serial electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (referred to as Serial EEPROMs), Serial Flash Memories, Parallel Flash Memories and Serial SRAM memories. Serial EEPROMs, Serial Flash memories and Serial SRAM has a low input and output (I/O) pin requirement, permitting production of small footprint devices. It sells its memory products primarily into the embedded control market, complementing its microcontroller offerings.
The Company’s technology licensing business includes license fees and royalties associated with technology licenses for the use of its SuperFlash technology and fees for engineering services. The Company licenses its SuperFlash technology to foundries, integrated device manufacturers and design partners throughout the world for use in the manufacture of their advanced microcontroller products, gate array, RF and analog products that require embedded flash.
Microchip Technology Inc
2355 West Chandler Blvd
CHANDLER AZ 85224-6199