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Microchip the No 1 8-bit microcontroller supplier

19 November 2003 Electronics Technology

Microchip Technology was named the number one 8-bit microcontroller supplier in Gartner Dataquest's 2002 Microcontroller Market Share and Unit Shipments report, based on worldwide unit shipments. From 2001 to 2002, unit sales for Microchip's PIC microcontrollers grew 30%, despite challenging business conditions, to attain the number one ranking.

According to the industry analyst, this demonstrates the dramatic growth and market acceptance the company's proprietary PIC microcontroller architecture has achieved. In the yearly Gartner Dataquest rankings, Microchip was placed 20th in worldwide unit shipments in 1990, rising steadily to eighth in 1993, fifth in 1996, second in 1997 through 2001 and now number one in 2002.

The PIC microcontroller architecture is driven by a modified Harvard RISC (reduced instruction set computing) instruction set. Today, Microchip offers more than 180 PIC devices in reprogrammable (Flash), one-time-programmable (OTP), and read-only memory (ROM) program memory configurations, featuring numerous on-chip peripherals.

For more information contact Avnet Kopp, 011 809 6100, Memec SA, 011 897 8600 or Tempe Technologies, 011 452 0530.



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