Microchip Adds Bluetooth® Module for Streaming Audio; Complete Certified Wireless Solution, Simple to Use On-Board Stack and

  Microchip Adds Bluetooth® Module for Streaming Audio; Complete Certified
  Wireless Solution, Simple to Use On-Board Stack and Profiles

 Certified Module Expands Wireless Portfolio with Support for Streaming Music
      and Voice; Exceedingly Low Power and Compact Surface-Mount Module

Business Wire

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- January 29, 2013

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced
the expansion of its wireless product portfolio with a certified Bluetooth^®
Audio Module that supports audio for voice and music. The RN52 module provides
extremely low power consumption in a small, surface-mount form factor, and
includes standard Bluetooth audio and data profiles for all smartphone
platforms. These features make it easy for designers to add high-quality
wireless audio, combined with data capabilities, in a broad range of
applications, such as wireless stereo speakers, headphones, automotive
hands-free, medical devices and computer accessories.

The advantages of wireless, along with the rapidly expanding smartphone and
tablet markets, are driving the demand for Bluetooth wireless audio
accessories. Microchip’s RN52 module, which is based on technology acquired
from Roving Networks, has the Bluetooth stack on board. Including the stack on
the module provides a simple-to-use and robust design model that works with
any microprocessor or microcontroller, helping designers to get their
accessories to market faster. The RN52’s embedded Bluetooth stack includes the
popular SPP, A2DP, HFP/HSP and AVRCP profiles, along with the iAP for use with
iPhone^® and iPod^®. Additionally, the RN52 supports a variety of audio
codecs, such as SBC, aptX^®, AAC and MP3.

“The superior streaming-audio capability of the RN52 greatly expands
Microchip’s Bluetooth portfolio,” said Steve Caldwell, director of Microchip’s
Wireless Products Division. “We have incorporated all the major codecs and
profiles, enabling customers to easily create Bluetooth wireless audio
accessories with minimal design effort and fast time to market.”

Development Support

To make designing RN52-based Bluetooth accessories even faster, Microchip is
also introducing the Bluetooth Audio Evaluation Kit (part # RN-52-EK). This
new kit is expected to be available in February for $169.95.

Pricing & Availability

The RN52 Bluetooth Audio Module (part # RN-52-I/RM) is expected to be
available in March, in a compact, surface-mount form factor. Pricing starts at
$16.00 each, in 1,000-unit quantities.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or
authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at
http://www.microchip.com/get/B4WL. To purchase products mentioned in this
press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized
distribution partners.

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About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, 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/get/N8AJ.

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Tags / Keywords: Bluetooth, Audio, Surface Mount, Embedded Bluetooth, A2DP,
SPP, aptX, AAC, MP3

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