Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology
Type Public (NASDAQMCHP)
Industry Semiconductors
Founded 1989
Headquarters Chandler, Arizona, USA
Key people Steve Sanghi, President & CEO
J. Eric Bjornholt, CFO
Ganesh Moorthy, Executive VP
Products Microcontrollers
Serial EEPROMs
Serial SRAM
Analog Devices
Employees 4,800 (2009) [1]
Website www.microchip.com
Microchip ICD3 Low Cost Development System

Microchip Technology (NASDAQMCHP) is an American manufacturer of microcontroller, memory and analog semiconductors. Its products include microcontrollers (PICmicro, dsPIC / PIC24, PIC32), Serial EEPROM devices, Serial SRAM devices, KEELOQ devices, radio frequency (RF) devices, thermal, power and battery management analog devices, as well as linear, interface and mixed signal devices. Some of the interface devices include USB, ZigBee/MiWi, Controller Area Network, and Ethernet.

Corporate headquarters is located at Chandler, Arizona with wafer fabs in Tempe, Arizona and Gresham, Oregon.

Among its chief competitors are Analog Devices, Atmel, Freescale, Infineon, Maxim Integrated Products, NXP Semiconductors, Renesas Electronics, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments.


The company was founded in 1987 when General Instrument spun off its microelectronics division as a wholly owned subsidiary.[2] Microchip Technology became an independent company in 1989 when it was acquired by a group of venture capitalists, and went public in 1993.[3]

In April 2009, Microchip Technology announced the nanoWatt XLP Microcontrollers (With World’s Lowest Sleep Current). Microchip Technology has sold more CPUs than any other CPU manufacturer, more than 6 billion microcontrollers as of 2009.[4]

In April 2010, Microchip acquired Silicon Storage Technology (SST),[5] and sold several SST flash memory assets to Greenliant Systems in May that year.[6]

In September 2011, Microchip Technology shipped the 10 billionth microcontroller.[7]


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