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FIRST® Robotics “Duel in the Desert”



  FIRST® Robotics “Duel in the Desert”

   Arizona High School FIRST Teams Preview Robots for Upcoming 2013 Arizona
                     Regional; Scrimmage Hosted by 48West

Business Wire

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- February 11, 2013

Microchip Technology Inc.  (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and FIRST^® (For
Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) announce the “Duel in
the Desert,” a robotics scrimmage hosted by 48West on Saturday, February 16,
2013, at Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, Ariz. Fifteen
high-school teams will preview their robots for the upcoming First Robotics
Competition (FRC) 2013 AZ Regional, which will be held March 22–23, 2013, at
Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. At the March regional event, 50 teams
will participate. Winners of the worldwide regional competitions, including
the Arizona regional, are eligible to attend the FRC World Championship in St.
Louis, Mo., at Edward Jones Dome on April 24–27, 2013.

The game, “Ultimate Ascent^SM,” challenges two alliances of three robots each
to score points by tossing the highest number of discs into their respective
goals. Extra points are awarded to robots that climb 10-foot-high tiered
pyramids in the last seconds of the match. Any student participating on a
FIRST team is eligible to apply for more than $16 million in scholarships.

Microchip Technology is the organizing sponsor of the FRC Arizona Regional,
joining Leader in Technology sponsor Microchip employees through United Way
Valley of the Sun donations; Captains of Innovation sponsors Army ROTC, Avnet,
Craig and Barbara Barrett Foundation, Microchip Technology Inc., Wells Fargo
Bank, Friends of the Future Sponsors, Best Buy Children’s Foundation, Go
Daddy, ON Semiconductor, Steve and Maria Sanghi, FIRST Friends Sponsors, Chase
Giving Foundation, and Wishes In Stitches. Additional sponsorship
opportunities are still available.

Steve Sanghi, president and CEO of Microchip Technology, and member of the
FIRST Board of Directors, said, “In addition to teaching students STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines, participants on a
FIRST team learn about working on a deadline, raising funds, marketing,
critical thinking and teamwork. These are the skills that we need to create a
stronger and more informed workforce, to boost our economy.”

For more information about the FRC Arizona Regional, or to volunteer or
sponsor a team, contact Carol Popovich at (480) 792-7938, cell (480) 335-2091,
or carol.popovich@microchip.com.

Resources

High-res FIRST and Ultimate Ascent^SM logos Available Through Flickr or
Editorial Contact (feel free to publish):

  * FIRST Logo: http://www.microchip.com/get/CUGN
  * Ultimate Ascent logo: http://www.microchip.com/get/KDCL

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  * RSS Feed for Microchip Product News: http://www.microchip.com/get/7TE8
  * Twitter: http://www.microchip.com/get/1SM1
  * Facebook: http://www.microchip.com/get/S57L
  * YouTube: http://www.microchip.com/get/8H9V

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/8WX9.

About FIRST

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST^®  (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of
science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST
designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge,
and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in
science, technology, and engineering. To learn more about FIRST, go to
http://www.microchip.com/get/1GJG.

Note: The Microchip name and logo is a registered trademark of Microchip
Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries. All other
trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

Tags / Keywords: Microchip, robot, FIRST, STEM education, robotics,
competition

Contact:

Microchip Technology Inc.
Editorial Contact:
Terri Thorson, 480-792-4386
terri.thorson@microchip.com
Reader Inquiries:
1-888-624-7435
http://www.microchip.com/get/AKKB
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