Microchip Technology and Accelerated Designs Provide Free Schematic Symbols and PCB Footprints for Faster System Designs

CHANDLER, Ariz. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 20, 2009 Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, and Accelerated Designs, Inc. today announced that they have collaborated on an Ultra Librarian Reader (ULR) tool to provide Microchip’s customers with schematic symbols and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) footprints for Microchip's entire product portfolio, including Microchip’s 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC® microcontrollers, dsPIC® Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs), Serial EEPROMs and Analog and Interface products. Providing components based on parametric data through the ULR allows PCB designers to reliably create consistent quality CAD entities to an established standard with minimal effort. This free download service will save designers valuable time when working with Microchip's products and accelerate time to market for their designs.

Both PCB footprints and schematic symbols are available for free download in a vendor-neutral format, which can then be exported to the leading EDA CAD/CAE design tools—including the newly released Cadsoft Eagle support—using the ULR. The standard Microchip footprints generated by the ULR are based on the IPC-7351 specification. The free ULR tool, including both footprints and symbols, is available now for download at: http://www.microchip.com/CAD.

The ULR is a subset of the complete Accelerated Designs Ultra Librarian toolset, and generates components and their attributes in virtually any EDA CAD/CAE format. An enhanced version of the Accelerated Designs Ultra Librarian software is also available for purchase. The enhanced package enables software models to be modified and auto-generated to meet any user-defined requirement.

“The Ultra Librarian Reader is a free and easy tool for designers to get PCB footprints and schematic symbols for every format and every Microchip product,” said Rodger Richey, director of Applications for Microchip’s Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division. “This is one more tool to help customers accelerate time to market for their products and make the design processes easier.”

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at http://www.microchip.com/CAD.

About Accelerated Designs, Inc.

Accelerated Designs, Inc. is a privately held company located in Huntsville, Alabama. It provides integrated circuit vendors, electronic manufacturers and electronic engineers with a one-stop source of data for all computer-aided design (CAD), simulation, 3D models and other engineering data in a form that allows them to customize the data to meet their own company requirements and the requirements of their customers. Its industrial-sized library tool, Ultra Librarian, and an existing library of 500,000 electronic design automation CAD parts can be ported to any CAD tool. Additional company information is available at www.accelerated-designs.com.

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 http://www.microchip.com. The Support area provides a fast way to get questions answered; the Sample area offers 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. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com.

Note: The Microchip name and logo, PIC, and dsPIC are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the USA and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

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