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Microchip Acquires Novocell Semiconductor

Chandler-based Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, through its Silicon Storage Technology (SST) subsidiary, and Novocell Semiconductor, Inc. (Novocell) announced that Microchip and SST have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Novocell.  The acquisition was approved by the Boards of Directors of each company and is being announced at the 2013 Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Austin, Texas.  The terms of the deal are confidential.  The transaction is expected to close in early June 2013 and is expected to be immediately accretive on a non-GAAP basis.

“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Novocell and are expecting great things as we integrate the technology into our ever-expanding portfolio of IP solutions,” said Mark Reiten, vice president of Technology Licensing for SST, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microchip.  “This acquisition provides our customers with valuable and differentiated technology and helps us to enable their designs with an even more comprehensive set of solutions, expanding our position as a leading memory IP supplier.”

“We are extremely happy to become part of SST and the Microchip family and are excited by the strategic possibilities available to us, moving forward, from both a business as well as a technology perspective,” stated Walter Novosel, Novocell’s president and chief technical officer.  “Novocell has continued to grow its portfolio of non-volatile-memory IP solutions since its inception, and we fully expect the technology to see an increased adoption from joining a leader like SST in the memory IP market.  With SST’s offerings in the high-density arena, we can concentrate on not only expanding our customer base, but also growing the footprint that SST has built with customers worldwide in low-density OTP and MTP memory.”

Under the acquisition agreement, Novocell will become a wholly owned subsidiary of SST, a Microchip company.  SST and Novocell are committed to a seamless customer transition.  SST plans to invest in continuing, designing, developing and extending Novocell’s product portfolio and roadmap.

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Microchip Technology To Continue 8051 MCUs Production

Microchip Technology Inc. announced last week that it would continue to manufacture the legacy 8051/80C51 MCUs.

Microchip Technology’s acquisition of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. (SST) included a legacy 80C51 MCU; Microchip continues to support this project.

“Microchip has a history of supporting customers with long lifetimes on all of our product lines,” said Randy Drwinga, vice president at Microchip Technology Inc. “We also have a strong presence in the industrial, automotive and medical markets, and understand that long-lifecycle product support is important to these customers. We welcome anyone currently using NXP’s 80C51 MCUs who doesn’t wish to redesign their end products to use our 100% compatible 80C51 product portfolio, and we offer them the option to migrate to our broad portfolio of 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit PIC® microcontrollers, at their convenience.”

The 8051/80C51 MCU’s provide pin-for-pin compatible replacements for most MCUs placed under the “End-of-Life” notifcation by NXP, which include NXP’s P89LV51RB2/C2/D2 and P89V51RB2/C2/D2 EOL series of 80C51 8-bit microcontrollers.

NXP’s 989LV 3V MCUs are 100% compatible with Microchip Technology’s SST89V MCUs, whereas NXP’s P89V 5V MCUs are pin-for-pin compatible with Microchip Technology’s SST89E microcontrollers.

Microchip Technology’s 80C51 MCUs can be used with many popular third-party development tools, such as Xeltek, Hi-Lo Systems, Advantech Eqipment Corp., EETools and Phyton.

These MCUs are available for $1.22 each, in 10,000-unit quantities.

Microchip Technology is a provider of MCU, analogy and Flash-IP solutions. The company provides low-risk product development and is headquartered in Chandler.

For the product’s brief, and data sheets, please visit www.microchip.com.