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Mr. Hitoshi Tatsuno, Vice President of Operation Management Dept. & Purchasing Dept., Nidec Corporation, receives the 12 billionth PIC® Microcontroller trophy from Joe Krawczyk, Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific, Microchip Technology Inc.

Microchip Delivers 12 Billionth Microcontroller

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the shipment of its 12 billionth PIC® microcontroller (MCU) to the Nidec Corporation—a preeminent global supplier of precision motors, based in Japan.  Microchip delivered this 12 billionth MCU approximately 10 months after delivering its 11 billionth.
Today’s announcement demonstrates the industry’s continued acceptance of Microchip’s 8, 16 and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers as the high-performance, low-power, cost-effective solution for embedded-control designs.

“The time between each of our 1 billionth shipments continues to accelerate, in the face of Microchip’s increasing MCU market share, and shipping our 12 billionth to a long-term customer like Nidec makes this achievement particularly gratifying,” said Microchip’s president and CEO Steve Sanghi.  “Motor control has always been one of our strengths, and the fact that such an esteemed global leader in motor manufacturing has continued using our PIC MCUs for so long is a testament to that strength.”

“We have reached this milestone because of the high quality of our PIC microcontroller portfolio and MPLAB® development systems, along with the outstanding support provided by our direct-sales team and sales-channel partners,” Sanghi continued.

A customer for more than 10 years, Nidec makes extensive use of Microchip’s 8-bit and 16-bit PIC MCUs and dsPIC® digital signal controllers with advanced motor-control peripherals.  Additionally, Nidec uses Microchip’s comprehensive platform of scalable motor-control development tools and free motor-control software, application notes and tuning guides to achieve rapid prototyping and shorten development cycles.

“Our longstanding relationship with Microchip Technology has been beneficial to both parties, and we have always valued the outstanding quality of their motor-control devices,” said Hitoshi Tatsuno, Nidec’s vice president of operation management department and purchasing department.  “We are honored to be the recipient of Microchip’s 12 billionth PIC microcontroller.”

Microchip serves more than 70,000 customers in over 65 countries, has shipped more than 1.4 million development tools to date, and partners with more than 130 global third-party tool manufacturers.  Additionally, Microchip has a broad portfolio of more than 1,000 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers, and is the only company to support all of its microcontrollers and digital signal controllers under a single integrated development environment—the free MPLAB X IDE, which is open source and enables cross-platform development using the Linux, Mac OS® and Windows® operating systems.

Microchip's PIC Microcontroller

Microchip Ships Its Ten Billionth PIC Microcontroller

Today, Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced the delivery of its ten billionth PIC microcontroller to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, in less than a year after delivering its nine billionth.

“The shipment of our ten billionth PIC microcontroller is a remarkable achievement, and shipping it to a giant in the electronics industry like Samsung makes it even more satisfying,” said Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi.

This shipment is a “significant accomplishment” because it proves the industry’s acceptance of Microchip’s microcontrollers as high-performance, low power, and cost-effective, as the company continues to gain worldwide market share.

According to Sang Kim, vice president of R&D, Samsung Electronics, Digital Imaging Division, Samsung is “honored to be the recipient of Microchip’s 10 billionth PIC microcontroller.” Samsung has been a Microchip customer for many years, and is “quite pleased with the high performance” by its 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller portfolio.

Sanghi gives the credit for the company selling one billion in less than a year to its “PIC microcontroller portfolio, MPLAB development systems, direct sales and sales-channel partners” because they “provide maximum benefits for customers to reach their design goals.”

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About Microchip Technology Inc.

Headquartered in Chandler, Microchip Technology Inc. provides low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for customer applications worldwide. Providing technical support and dependable delivery and quality, the company serves more than 70,000 customers in more than 65 countries.

The company has shipped 1.15 million development tools and partners with more than 130 global third-party tool manufactures, and it is the only company to support all of its microcontrollers and digital signal controllers under a single integrated development environment known as MPLAB X IDE, which is a free, open source that enables cross-platform development.

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For more information about Microchip Technology’s PIC microcontroller, visit www.microchip.com.